Thousands of children call helpline for bedtime stories

February 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

Thousands of children across the UK called a charity helpline asking to hear a bedtime story last year because their parents were in no condition to do so. Counsellors who operate the helpline for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) have revealed that they keep storybooks by their phones because some children call…

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2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents

February 16, 2017 3 comments

family law

As many as 2.5 million children live with alcoholic parents in the UK, MPs and peers have claimed. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics insists that such youngsters are more likely to consider suicide, develop eating disorders or develop alcohol problems of their own.  This week, the group launched a manifesto in the…

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Spousal support can prevent alcohol abuse

February 2, 2017 0 comments

family law

A lack of spousal support can lead people to develop alcohol problems following their divorce, a new study suggests. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the United States and Lund University in southern Sweden analysed data from 942,366 married people. Each subject was born between 1960 and 1990 and none of them had any…

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Tower Hamlets wrongfully ignored foster mother [updated]

January 12, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A family friend who took on the care of three children received no support from her local authority for six years, the Local Government Ombudsman has reported The children had been left with the friend by their troubled mother, who had problems with drugs and drink and was frequently detained in hospital. During her previous…

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Married people less likely to become alcoholics

May 18, 2016 0 comments

marriage

Married people are less likely to become alcoholics, according to new research from American and Swedish academics. A team from Lund University in Sweden and the Virginia Commonwealth University examined data on 3.2 million people born in the Scandinavian country between 1960 and 1990. All the subjects chosen were single at the beginning and none…

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Judge orders adoption of 3 month-old girl

August 4, 2015 0 comments

family law

The thee-month-old daughter of a troubled woman should be adopted, a Family Court judge has ordered. Born in March, the girl, ‘J’, was the fifth child of a woman who first came to England from an unidentified country one year earlier. Prior to the move, her eldest three children had been taken into care “as…

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Daughter of troubled parents put up for adoption

April 14, 2015 0 comments

Chelmsford

The daughter of troubled parents should be put up for adoption, a Family Court judge has ruled. In H & Ors (Children), Essex County Council had launched care proceedings against the mother of three children due to her history of alcohol and cocaine abuse. The father of her youngest child, identified as ‘D’ in the…

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