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A council social worker who told a couple that it might be harder to place their baby son for adoption if he was christened has been criticised by a family court judge. She said adoption attempts might be hindered if the little boy, now about 15 months old, was "christened…
A father-of-four has lost the latest round of a "worrying" family court battle over the care of his youngest child. Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born. Judges have been told that the children's mother had…
A boy removed from his mother's care after she took the drug GHB must be placed for adoption, a High Court judge has ruled. The woman had been seen "staggering around" with her son in her arms when he was about three months old while under the influence of GHB,…
Experiencing severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a lasting psychological impact into early adulthood, according to a unique study conducted at the University of Southampton, which has followed the mental health of a group of children adopted from Romanian institutions to UK families in the 1990s. Published in…
Two children whose destitute illegal immigrant parents were accused of using them as "puppets" in a fight to get state cash should be placed for adoption in Britain, a judge has ruled. Mr Justice Keehan says adoption will be in the "welfare best interest" of the children - who are…
A 22-year-old woman born addicted to heroin has lost a family court fight over the care of her two children despite making a "moving" plea to a judge. The woman, whose parents were drug addicts, had written to Mrs Justice Theis asking to be given "one last chance" to care…
A High Court judge has given social workers permission to keep the existence of a toddler a secret from his half-brother and half-sister. Mr Justice Cobb heard that the 15-month-old boy was living with a couple who want to adopt him - and concluded that revealing his existence might disrupt…
Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a 12 week public consultation on a draft Adoption and Children Bill. The Bill will modernise the legal framework for adoption in the north of Ireland and place children’s welfare at the centre of the adoption decision-making process. Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill…
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