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Specialist family lawyers have raised fears about parents with learning difficulties being held to a "different and more onerous" standard of parenting. Their concerns have emerged in a senior family court judge's ruling on a case involving a boy with "complex special needs" whose parents also have learning difficulties. Social…
Courts and councils will have to give top priority to adoption for children in care in the future, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed. The law is to be changed to make it clear that these bodies must look first at long-term placements in a family that will give youngsters…
A leading judge says he is "acutely conscious" of concerns voiced in parts of Europe about the "forced adoption" of children in England and Wales. Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, says English law allows children to be adopted without their parents' consent…
The adoption process will be speeded up to end the "tragedy" of children waiting for long periods to be placed with a new family, David Cameron has announced. The Prime Minister wants to double the number of children - currently around 10% - being placed with adoptive families before legal…
A major overhaul of the adoption system is needed to cut the eight month time lag endured by children between being given a placement order and joining a new family, the Lords has heard. Education minister Lord Nash said that delay was twice as long for disabled children, and insisted…
The parents of a baby taken into care at six weeks old and later adopted have vowed to "fight till our last breath" to be reunited with their child after a court cleared them of abuse. Karrissa Cox and Richard Carter were found not guilty of causing injury to their…
More children in Wales are being adopted with fewer in the care of local authorities, new statistics published by the Welsh Government show. According to the figures, on 5,617 children in Wales were looked after by Welsh local authorities on March 31, 2015, a decrease of 128 (2.2%) over the…
A little boy could be taken from the prospective adopters he has lived with since he was a day old and handed to grandparents with whom he has "no relationship", judges have heard. Detail of the case has emerged in a court ruling after the couple who want to adopt…
A new organisation to help children and young people find adoptive and foster families has been created, Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell has announced. The Minister confirmed that £75,000 funding has been invested to allow the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland (AFAS) to take on vital support services following the closure…
A couple who adopted a "neglected, starved little girl" have complained to a High Court judge about the behaviour of the youngster's birth mother. The couple told Mr Justice Peter Jackson how they had suffered as a result of Kirsty Seddon's "demands" and requests. They said they felt "compromised". Detail…
The Welsh Government has announced restructuring plans for adoption and fostering services in Wales following the closure of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) Cymru, it was announced yesterday. From September 9, the National Adoption Service will run the Wales Adoption Register with relevant BAAF Cymru staff transfering…
A 14-year-old girl has won a "highly exceptional" legal ruling revoking an adoption order made more than ten years ago. The teenager was also given the go-ahead by a High Court judge in London to change her last name to that of her natural mother. In a written ruling on…
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