Adoption – Stripping councils’ adoption role ‘a reckless gamble.

Adoption – Stripping councils’ adoption role ‘a reckless gamble.

4 April 2013 Last updated at 01:55 Stripping councils’ adoption role ‘a reckless gamble‘ By Katherine Sellgren BBC News education and family reporter The government has criticised local authorities over adoption waits. Councils could lose adoption powers.  Plans to strip some English councils of their role in the adoption process would be a “reckless gamble”, […]

Post-adoption support should be a legal right, say Lords

Post-adoption support should be a legal right, say Lords

By Judith Burns BBC News family reporter Adoptive parents in England should have a legal right to support, a House of Lords report argues. Adopted children may have behavioural problems which are not resolved “simply by being adopted”, says the Lords Committee on Adoption Legislation. Adoption service bodies should have “a statutory duty” to provide post-adoption […]

Gay couples encouraged to foster children in Leeds

Gay couples encouraged to foster children in Leeds

22 February 2012 Last updated at 10:33 Gay couples encouraged to foster children in Leeds By Stephanie Barnard BBC News “He stepped into his bedroom and just looked around like he’d gone to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory: ‘Is this my room?’, he asked.” For Stuart Price and Lee Rennison, it was a moment that highlighted […]

Major reforms to support children and families

Major reforms to support children and families

Press notice date: 05 February 2013 Significant reforms to services for vulnerable children and radical proposals to allow parents to choose how they share up to a year’s leave to look after their new-born children have been announced. The Children and Families Bill, published today, includes reforms to adoption, family justice, an overhaul of Special […]

‘Hundreds more’ foster families needed in Scotland

‘Hundreds more’ foster families needed in Scotland

Scotland is facing a shortfall of at least 850 new foster families in the year ahead, a charity has warned. The Fostering Network said that despite an increase in fostering households in the past year, the number of children in care was continuing to rise. On any one day, there are estimated to be more […]

Essex children’s home closures prompt criticism

Essex children’s home closures prompt criticism

A move by Essex County Council to close children’s homes has been criticised by experts and parents. In the past year, all 12 of the mainstream care homes run by the council have closed as part of a move to focus on foster care and privately-run homes. A woman from Essex, whose 15-year-old daughter has […]