Troubled teen ‘can consent to confinement’

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A troubled 15 year-old boy has the capacity to consent to his detention the High Court has concluded. In Re C (A Child), the boy, ‘C’, was originally made the subject of a care order back in 2002. He was the youngest of five chldren and all four of his siblings were subsequently adopted. He…

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Avalanche of adoption offers for five siblings

March 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

Five siblings in Kansas who want to be adopted together have no shortage of potential new homes after their story went viral. The three brothers and two sisters are aged between 11 and two years old. They were featured on the state’s official adoption listing website, which is run by the Kansas Department for Children…

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Teen ‘removed without notice’

March 13, 2017 0 comments

family life

Essex County Council failed to follow proper procedure when it removed a vulnerable teenage girl from her aunt and uncle’s home without notice, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. The girl had been living with her relatives since she was very young and also regularly visited her grandparents.  She had learning difficulties as a result…

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‘Absent’ vs ‘missing’ for children in care

March 13, 2017 0 comments

children in care

The Police regularly mishandle reports of children going missing from care, an international charity has claimed. Too many forces class children in such circumstances as ‘absent’ and therefore not at risk it believes. According to a recent National Crime Agency report, only a little number of regional forces routinely give children who run away from…

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High Court Judge calls for fresh approach to adoption

March 10, 2017 3 comments

fostering and adoption

It may no longer be possible to create an “impermeable seal” around adoption, a High Court Judge has suggested. In a lecture given to the Family Justice Council yesterday, Appeal Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane said the high rate of adoption in the UK, particularly amongst older children, combined with the pervasive nature of social…

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Facebook highlighted in adoption hearing

March 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The potential value to family proceedings of social media sites like Facebook has been highlighted by a High Court Judge. The case concerned the adoption of a four year old boy whose birth mother, a foreign national, had returned to her home country and lost contact with the father. He was unable to provide social…

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More children staying on with fewer foster carers

March 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

The majority of children living with foster carers now ‘stay put’ past their 18th birthdays, new figures reveal. The option for ‘looked after’ children to stay on with foster carers up to the age of 21 was introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014, to help such children better prepare for adult life. Local…

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Romanian orphans adopted in UK ‘struggle’ as adults

February 23, 2017 2 comments

family life

The majority of children adopted from Romanian orphanages have mental health issues even as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from King’s College London and the University of Southampton worked together with academics from Germany on a long-term study of 165 Romanian orphans. Each child was adopted by British parents between 1990 and 1992. At…

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