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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…
Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dramatist, broadcaster and activist Lemn Sissay when he launched a major student conference at the…
Three sisters whose parents did not give them names have been taken into care following family court hearings. The eldest girl has been adopted and the younger girls placed for adoption. Detail has emerged in a judge's ruling published on a legal website. Judge Sarah Lynch said she had been…
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