High Court Judge backs calls for rethink on adoption contact

March 26, 2018 6 comments

adoption

High Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane has backed recent calls for a more flexible approach to contact with birth parents following adoption. Giving the keynote address at the annual conference of social work organisation Nagalro, the veteran judge referred in approving terms to a recent study commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers. The…

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Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 2 comments

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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Charlie Gard’s parents lose their appeal

May 25, 2017 6 comments

family life

The parents of a chronically ill baby have lost their appeal against a ruling that doctors may cease treatment. Last month Mr Justice Francis ruled that medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London could legally stop providing life support to nine month-old Charlie Gard. His name – along with that of his parents…

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High Court Judge calls for fresh approach to adoption

March 10, 2017 14 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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