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"Adoptive" child returns to Father

This is a decision with significant implications for Local Authorities trying to plan for a child's future and for adopters who were...

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Couple "too old" to care for their grandchild?

This is a helpful article explaining that altho' the Daily Telegraph lead with this headline, there was much more to the judge's...

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The Impact of Special Guardianship Orders

This is a very detailed article addressing SGOs - and the genuine concerns about their impact both on the carers and the children being...

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Legal Aid in Family cases

Could this be any clearer? the Government now has to respond to this very important judgment. Getting legal aid has got progressively...

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Pressures on social workers for adoption

This is a damning and critical article that has a very clear agenda. It hangs loose with some of the realities of court at present...

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Cancer and its impact on those wanting to adopt

This is an article on a US study on cancer sufferers who then seek to adopt. I've no idea if there is a comparable British study. Do UK...

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Can Open Adoption Work?

I haven't read the book - I've just seen this review. I'm not sure how many truly open adoptions happen but I've just done one and it...

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What is the impact of recent decisions on adopters?

This well-known blogger (amongst Family Lawyers!) grasps the nettle of where adopters and LAs now stand following recent decisions on...

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How can siblings stay together?

The latest figures show that the numbers of adopters coming forward for approval is falling. Foster carers can't always take sibling...

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Deprivation of Liberty cases in meltdown

This blog post commenting on a recent case regarding Deprivation of Liberty case law really sums up the problems that the system is...

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New LPA forms now in force

The OPG hopes that new forms for completing applications for Lasting Power of Attorney's will make the process easier. It is helpful...

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Adoption Czar tries to address fall in adoption

The blog attached addresses the issues raised by Sir Martin Narey - and sets out another version! It's worth a read.

"I don’t think adoption can ever be suitable for other than a minority of children in care. But I think that minority is probably more...…

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Children need to see their parents

I have just terminated a s20 agreement to force the LA to start care proceedings because the LA allowed by client mother only 2 contacts...

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"Carers Exhausted" Guardian Report on Australian carers

Australia seems to be having a long think about how children who can't be looked after at home are cared for.

But the same problems...

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Kinship carers need support - or their placements may be at risk.

One town - but a universal message! Kinship carers need support!

Grandparents raising their grandchildren in danger without support

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Inseparable - adoption and skilled support!

These views from a Thurrock Councillor may be echoed in many council chambers. And post adoption support is key to ensuring adoptive...

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Striking drop in applications to be adopters

The Government' recent figures on adoptions confirm the dramatic drop in the number of adoptions. But what hasn't been commented on very...

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Grandparents to the rescue!

Take one small town, in one small state in the US - and the lessons are the same

Kinship families are most often made up of grandparents, particularly grandmothers, raising their grandchildren, though there are...…

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The defects of unrelated foster care in Australia

Children need to be settled. The proportion of children placed with kinship carers is remarkably high!

Vulnerable teenagers are being moved through dozens of refuges and foster homes after being forced to leave their biological parents,...…

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Will the Government adoption reforms work?

This is an interesting article from a Social Worker who adopted - and found that life became a significant challenge!

Despite being a qualified social worker, I was completely unprepared for what unfolded into my life through adoption. Effected by dismal...…

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