Siblings to be adopted as parents struggle

January 4, 2018 2 comments

family life

Three children of parents struggling with stress and depression should be adopted, a Family Court Judge has ruled. In A Local Authority v G the couple’s two daughters were aged 12 and three, while their younger brother was 19 months. The father of the oldest daughter died when she was just three. Her mother later…

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Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

children in care

The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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Best friends of 60+ years discover they are brothers

December 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

Two men who have been best friends for more than six decades recently discovered that they are biological brothers. The older of the two, Walter Macfarlane, was born in the Hawaiian capital Honolulu in 1943. His mother intended to give him up for adoption but, rather than go through the official process of adoption, her…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

family law

This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Adoption orders ‘are stable’

December 7, 2017 5 comments

family life

Adoption orders have stabilised after dropping in the wake of high profile court decisions in 2013. The two rulings – In the matter of B and Re B-S – stressed the importance of social workers and the family courts fully considering any and all alternatives to adoption before permanently removing children from their families, an…

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Daughter of drug addict to live with family member

November 21, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler abandoned by her drug addict mother should live with a relative and her husband, the Family Court has ruled. The little girl was referred to as ‘X’ in court rulings. She had spent much of her life in foster care, until ‘Y’, an extended family member, took on her care under an interim…

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