Kentucky Judge ‘won’t hear gay adoption cases’

May 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

A Judge in the southern state of Kentucky has caused controversy by refusing to hear adoption cases involving gay couples. Judge Mitchell Nance serves in the so-called Bluegrass State’s Family Court. Last week, he issued an order recusing (excusing) himself from any such cases. In his order, he claimed to have a “conscientious objection to…

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Council acted ‘unlawfully’ in adoption case

May 12, 2017 0 comments

family law

Essex County Council acted “unlawfully” by placing a child with adoptive parents despite her biological mother’s objections. Mr Justice Charles came to this conclusion during a judicial review published this week. He declared that the local authority had “deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent” the woman applying to challenge a placement order made by…

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Parents of five adopt six more children

May 9, 2017 1 comment

family law

A couple in Ohio with five children of their own have adopted six more. Christina and Christopher Sanders became foster parents to four brothers in 2014 and then took in the boys’ two sisters last year. Despite already having five biological children, the Forest Park couple subsequently decided to adopt all of the siblings they…

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Foster Care Fortnight 2017 is launched

May 9, 2017 3 comments

fostering and adoption

This year’s Foster Care Fortnight has been launched by the Fostering Network. As the name suggests, the Network is a charity which has been working to promote foster care for close to 20 years and the Fortnight is their biggest awareness-raising event each year, designed to showcase the commitment and dedication of existing foster carers…

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The Charlie Gard case, a CMS report and more

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May 5, 2017 2 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Charlie Gard case continues, with news that the parents are appealing the decision of Mr Justice Francis that doctors can withdraw life support from Charlie, allowing him to die with dignity. Charlie’s parents want to take him to the US for a treatment trial, and are therefore asking the…

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Children and Social Work bill becomes law

May 3, 2017 0 comments

social work

The occasionally contentious Children and Social Work bill has received royal asssent. The new Act makes a range of changes to the education and care systems, as well as adopton procedures. These include the introduction of more rigorous training for social workers and compulsory relationships education in schools. Plans to include an additonal provision allowing…

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Costs award made against litigious father in adoption case

May 2, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

An unnamed local authority has been granted a partial costs award against a father who claimed damages relating to the adoption of his daughters. He had previously taken his local authority to court complaining that it had allowed his children  to be known by the surname of prospective adopters before any adoption order had been…

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Four year-old should be adopted, High Court rules

April 27, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

A four year old girl should be adopted by the family she has lived with for most of her life, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned ‘W’, who was born in November 2012. She has three older siblings – a sister and two brothers, referred to the in the judgement as ‘X’, ‘Y’…

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