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Two men have won a family court fight to be the legal parents of surrogate twins after a specialist social worker raised concerns about their relationship. Questions were asked because their relationship began after one of the men had entered into an agreement with a surrogate mother. A member of…
New research launched by the University of Oxford says foster carers who have faced unproven allegations of abuse from the children they are caring for often have little support afterwards. The study drew on 190 records of unproven allegations against foster carers from all over England. It found that just…
Long Lost Family presenter Nicky Campbell says he has come to doubt whether interracial adoption is a good idea. For the past five years Campbell and Davina McCall have hosted the show, which seeks to bring people together with long-lost relatives - facilitating joyful reunions and heart-warming moments of reconciliation.…
Council bosses launched an inquiry after a member of staff accidentally told a woman whose daughter had been taken from her care where the youngster was living, a family court judge has said. A "para-legal" at Essex Council sent the woman a bundle of documents containing the names and address…
Two men in their mid-20s have failed to persuade a High Court judge to let them bring up three children who have been taken from the care of their mother. Mr Justice Keehan concluded that letting the youngsters - who are aged between five and 18 months - live with…
A shake-up of adoption rules has been unveiled to try and move more children more quickly from the care system into family life. The Children And Social Work Bill, unveiled in the Queen's Speech, is aimed at reducing delays in placing children with new adoptive parents. The new law is…
David Cameron has unveiled a radical overhaul of the care system that includes significant changes to adoption laws and social services. The Prime Minister called for "zero tolerance of state failure" as he highlighted worrying trends of children who are placed in care falling into crime, the sex trade and…
A man whose son was placed for adoption could be jailed after social services bosses complained that he harassed staff and placed material on the internet identifying the youngster. One of Britain's most senior judges issued a warrant for the arrest of Matthew Newman after analysing complaints by lawyers representing…
Post Adoption Central Support (PACS) is a small charitable organisation based in Stirling that comprises parents, social workers and other professionals involved in adoption and long-term foster care. It offers a range of post placement support and services to adoptive families and permanent foster carers. PACS receives a grant from…
Social workers are in danger of not appreciating the importance of children's culture and religion in the UK's increasingly secular society, a High Court judge has warned. Mr Justice Baker said when children are taken from families they should, if possible, be placed with "culturally appropriate" carers. The judge, who…
Two children born in England after their parents were trafficked from Slovakia should be placed for adoption in England, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Baker said it was not realistic to return the children - a girl approaching her third birthday and a boy approaching his second…
Dan Hughes is a leading authority on dyadic developmental psychotherapy and has integrated recent research on the neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment. During one of his many trips to Scotland as a guest of Scottish Attachment in Action, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services…
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