Adoption orders ‘are stable’

December 7, 2017 3 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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Adoption rate sees sharp drop

September 30, 2016 0 comments

family law

The number of children who have been adopted fell for the first time in four years in 2016. Figures published by the Department for Education have revealed that 4,690 ‘looked after’ children were adopted this year. This is a 12 per cent drop from the 5,360 last year. The fall is the first since before…

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Adoption: a look at the statistics by John Hemming

August 19, 2015 14 comments

fostering and adoption

In this special feature, former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming explores the facts and figures behind national adoption statistics. The Council of Europe is an international organisation which works to promote human rights and the rule of law across its 47 member states, which include the UK. It recently agreed and published a report looking at…

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Court dismisses care appeal from neglectful mother

January 5, 2015 0 comments

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a mother’s objections to an adoption order issued for her daughter. CM v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council concerned ‘M’, who is now five years old. She has not lived with her mother since June 2011 and is currently in her fourth foster placement. At the Court of Appeal,…

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Sir James Munby: I did not change adoption law

December 16, 2014 0 comments

Royal Courts of Justice, Court of Appeal, finding of fact

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has claimed that a previous ruling he made was never intended to change the law on adoption. In Re R (A Child), he sought to clarify his position following “widespread uncertainty, misunderstanding and confusion” which has stemmed from his decision in Re B-S. In that ruling, Sir…

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Adoption myths and local authorities

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December 15, 2014 0 comments

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The National Adoption Leadership Board reported last month that between July and September 2013 and April-June 2014 there was a 47 per cent drop in ‘Adoption Decision Maker’ decisions. These are made in the second stage of adoption where all checks on the prospective adopters have been completed and the panel have made their recommendations….

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Guidance published for ‘confused’ social workers

November 11, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Social workers have overreacted to recent High Court judgements, the head of a government adoption organisation has claimed. Former civil servant Sir Martin Narey was appointed heard of the National Adoption Leadership Board (NALB) earlier this year, in order to improve and promote the adoption system in the UK. The NALB has now published new…

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