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The number of children being put forward for adoption has nearly halved, figures show. In the three months to September last year there were 1,830 initial decisions by local authorities in England that a child should be adopted, compared with 960 for the three months to June this year -…
A new service to speed up the adoption process in Wales has been launched by First Minister Carwyn Jones and the Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford. Launched during National Adoption Week 2014, the National Adoption Service for Wales will increase the pool of adopters and ensure good…
Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults will now be able to trace back through their ancestors' lives, under new rules published today. Previously, only the person adopted and their birth relatives were able to used specialised adoption agencies to help shed light on their family history and make…
The children and grandchildren of adopted people could have the right to make contact with their parent’s birth family under plans announced by the Welsh Government. The Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas (pictured), said the Welsh Government is committed to extending access to intermediary services to the children…
New funding is to be made available to help adopted children settle in with their new families, the Government has announced. The money will go towards providing services such as behavioural therapy, play and music therapy and family support sessions, according to the Department for Education (DfE). It said that…
The adoption process in Wales is to be speeded up under a new national service being introduced later this year. The National Adoption Service for Wales will start in November, and aims to improve the way prospective adopting parents and children are matched up, as well as reducing the number…
New rules to speed up the adoption system and aim to get more children a stable, loving home without delay will come into force in July. The changes will attempt to reduce delays for black and ethnic minority children and give adopters a much more active role in finding children…
SCOTLAND’S social care regulator, the Care Inspectorate, has praised an Edinburgh-based fostering and adoption service. The services, provided by BAAF (Scotland), received top marks across the board at two consecutive inspections. This included grades of ‘excellent’ for the quality of care and support provided. In their inspection report, the Care…
The profoundly life changing process of adoption is uncovered in this new four part series, which starts tonight on ITV. 'Wanted: A Family Of My Own' follows the stories of parents desperate to adopt and children who need families. Cameras have been granted access into many defining moments of the…
The most comprehensive study ever to be carried out into adoption in England has confirmed that the rate of breakdown is lower than anticipated, but it also reveals a stark picture of the problems faced by families. Researchers from the University of Bristol analysed national data on 37,335 adoptions over…
The National Secular Society has warned that a decision by the Scottish Charities Appeal Panel (SCAP) about a Catholic adoption agency that discriminates against gay couples "kicks a hole right through the middle of the Equality Act". The decision concerns Glasgow-based St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society, which operates…
The College of Social Work has launched a new continuing professional development training guide which is designed to improve and standardise social worker training in fostering and adoption. The College’s new ‘Curriculum Framework for CPD on Planning and Supporting Permanence’ is designed to be a tool for educators and trainers…
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