Children’s Commissioner worries about ‘pinball’ kids

April 20, 2017 2 comments

family law

Some children in the care system experience repeated upheavals, a new report claims. The latest Stability Index from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner analysed care system data for the 12 months to March last year. More than 7,000 ‘looked after’ children, or one in ten, were moved to new placements with foster families or…

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Pennsylvania plans to accelerate adoption

April 18, 2017 0 comments

United States, family law

Legislators inhe northeastern state of Pennsylvania recently recently passed no less than six bills intended to accelerate the process of adoption for residents. The House of Representatives approved measures which would halve the time available to birth mothers to change their minds after agreeing to surrender their new babies, from 30 days to just two…

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Worries over the recruitment of new adopters

April 18, 2017 3 comments

fostering and adoption

Greater efforts needs to be made to recruit new adopters, a government organisation has claimed. The Adoption Leadership Board was established in 2014 by the then Coalition government to promote the practice and encourage uptake across the country. In a new briefing note, the Board has now said a continuing fall in the number of…

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Teenager gives step-dad adoption papers for his birthday

April 11, 2017 0 comments

family law

A teenage girl in Indiana surprised her step-dad with adoption papers for his 39th birthday. Vincent VonTobel met his step-daughter’s mother Jessica 15 years ago when the girl was only two years old. He and the child developed a close relationship very quickly, according to Jessica. The two of them “had the cutest things in…

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Council must investigate overeager social worker

April 6, 2017 2 comments

family law

Kent County Council must conduct an enquriy into the role played by a social worker who had seemed too keen to promote the adoption of a child in a recent case. Sitting at Medway Family Court, His Honour Judge Scarratt considered the case of a one year-old boy who had been made the subject of…

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‘Good’ ratings for three local councils

April 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

Ofsted has given postive ratings to the children’s services departments of three different councils following recent inspections. Wigan in Greater Manchester, Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, and Harrow in North London were all granted a rating of ‘good’ for their child protection work. Inspectors assessed the authorities in January and February of this year. The…

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Lesbian couple to adopt despite parents’ objections

March 27, 2017 1 comment

family law

A same sex couple in Australia has won their legal battle to adopt a child despite objections from the girl’s birth parents. The Supreme Court of New South Wales in the south-east of the country ruled that the prospective parents could adopt the four year-old they have cared for since she was six months old….

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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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