Baby girl ‘should remain with former cocaine addict’

October 12, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A baby girl should remain in the care of her mother despite evidence that she been unable to abstain entirely from cocaine, a court has ruled. The case concerned an eight-month-old baby girl, referred to in the judgement as ‘Holly’. She had been taken into care immediately after birth but was later returned, under the…

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Can divorce really be genetic?

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October 10, 2017 4 comments

family life

According to a number of sociological studies the children of divorced parents are more likely than their peers to get divorced themselves in later life – and that’s really no surprise. We learn a lot from our mothers and fathers – more than we’re consciously aware of – and that can include negatives: how not…

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Over a quarter of adopted families ‘in crisis’

September 26, 2017 4 comments

domestic violence, family law

More than a quarter of adoptive families consider themselves to be ‘in crisis’ according to new research. Nearly 3,000 subscribers to a newsletter published by the charity Adoption UK responded to questions from Radio 4 documentary programme File On 4, for an episode due for broadcast tonight (September 26). Over 25 per cent reported major…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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Fostering grandmother let down by London borough

September 18, 2017 5 comments

foster care

A London grandmother who took on the care of her grandson is to receive four years-worth of backdated foster payments from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She had taken in her grandson when social workers in the Borough grew concerned that the boy’s mother couldn’t look after him properly and said they would start care…

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Social worker’s evidence “factually impoverished”

September 13, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has described the evidence given by a social worker as “some of the most factually impoverished and unhelpful” he has ever heard. The case before Judge Moradifar in the Family Court at Reading concerned two young children, aged 16 months and two months, who have been taken into care. The local…

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Troubled mother’s two children to be adopted

September 11, 2017 1 comment

family law

The two children of a mother who had been through “horrific life experiences” as a young woman will be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. Both children, who were 16 and six months old respectively, had been in foster care since birth despite the mother’s wish to care for them herself. However, a clinical…

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Judge ‘unable to approve’ care plans

September 7, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Plans for the adoption and fostering of a large family of neglected children need more work, a family court judge has concluded. The four siblings aged ten, four, three and two, were taken into care in December last year. A fifth sibling was born to the same mother in March and taken away by social…

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Israel drops opposition to gay adoption

September 1, 2017 0 comments

family law

The Israeli government has now officially dropped its opposition to the idea of same sex couples adopting children. Earlier this week, the country’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs filed a brief with the Israeli Supreme Court which said they had “no objection to the practice”. This came in response to a petition filed from…

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