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Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A group that aims to improve children's experiences of the family court system has produced a child's guide to legal language. The Family Justice Young People's Board says children embroiled in family court disputes can have difficulty understanding some words and phrases. Members have created a glossary of terms to…
A foster carer is launching a claim over her employment rights in what could be a landmark legal case. Sarah Anderson, who is used by Hampshire County Council, argues that she is a worker and entitled to rights including holiday pay. The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will…
A family court judge has decided not to name a council she criticised over its handling of a case involving a baby girl now placed for adoption. Recorder Carly Henley said the little girl, who will soon be 12 months old, had gone into temporary council foster care a day…
A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
Two men who were fostered by the same British couple are being questioned by police investigating the Parsons Green bombing, it has been claimed. An 18-year-old, understood to be suspected of planting the device on a tube train, and a 21-year-old were both arrested under the Terrorism Act following Friday's…
More than eight in 10 adults are unlikely to become foster carers, a charity said, warning of a fostering crisis. Over 85% of UK adults surveyed on behalf of Action for Children showed little or no interest in fostering, the charity found. Some 4,262 adults in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland…
Family court judges have a crisis on their hands because council social services bosses are making more applications for children to be taken from the care of parents, the most senior judge in England and Wales has suggested. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice (pictured), said last year saw a…
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