New advice urges councils to ‘not shy away’ from adoption


The Government has urged local authorities to prioritise adoption and ensure adoptive parents are not wrongly turned away.

Agency calls for more families to consider adoption


A regional adoption agency has urged more people to consider adoption as a route to building or extending their family.

Court rules adoption service ‘discriminated against’ couple


A court has awarded a couple £120,000 in damages after their local adoption service turned them away because of their Indian heritage.

How local authorities can boost adoption matches


Sally Beaumont explains how local authorities can boost their adoption matches with Adoption Activity Days.

Kinship carers blast lack of support from children's services


Local authorities should have a legal responsibility to support people looking after the children of family and friends, campaigners have argued.

Ambitious for adoption


Dr Carol Homden argues the closure of the Adoption Register for England means all parts of the system must work together to ensure the best possible service to children.

Adoptive families ‘fighting losing battle’ for support


Adopted children are twice as likely not to be in employment, education or training as their peers, according to the first ever UK-wide assessment of adoption.

Tackling people's perception of adoption


As part of Big Adoption Day (5 June), Jake from the Adoptables programme, run by the charity Coram, shares his story of being adopted and his experiences at school.

£12m boost for adoptive families


The Government yesterday announced a £12m funding boost to support adoptive families.

Number of looked after children rises to over 75,000


The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased since last year, prompting council chiefs to warn of the ‘huge demand’ this is placing on children’s services.

Care and adoption can mean 'heartbreaking' separation from siblings, say lawyers


Children going into care or being adopted often risk losing touch with their brothers and sisters, according to new research – even though these can be their most important relationships.

The adoption system under pressure


Kevin Yong uncovers some worrying trends in the latest statistics on adoption in England.

Children face adoption ‘postcode lottery’


Children going into care face a postcode lottery for the opportunity to stay with relatives, a family law firm has found.

Child protection practices differ ‘significantly’ between councils, analysis reveals


A new analysis of adoption data has revealed a ‘significant disparity’ in child protection practices across the country.

Whitehall announces £3.4m for five new adoption agencies


The Government has announced it will be paying £3.4m to five new agencies in an attempt to speed up the adoption process.

Adopted families ‘in crisis’, survey reveals


More than a quarter of adopted families are ‘in crisis’, survey reveals as charity finds many children show signs of ‘aggressive behaviour’.

Council to change child's foster carer


Tower Hamlets LBC has decided to change the foster carer of the child at the centre of a national media row.

Five councils to combine adoption services


Five local authorities have announced they are combining their adoption services in order to support a regional approach to adoption.

Sikh couple wrong ‘cultural heritage’ to adopt white child, agency says


A Sikh couple have begun legal action against an adoption agency after allegedly being told they were the wrong ‘cultural heritage’ to adopt a white child.

Charity to take over Peterborough’s fostering and adoption services


Peterborough Council has agreed to transfer all its fostering and adoption services to a charitable organisation.

Sunderland Council to transfer children's services to new company


Sunderland has decided to set up a new organisation to deliver its children's services.

Queen's Speech 2016: Councils face fresh demands under ‘care covenant’


Proposals to speed up child adoption and raise council support for young people were outlined in the Queen’s Speech today.

Cameron outlines reforms for social workers


David Cameron has pledged to change the way local authorities help children in care with a new regulator and further reforms.

Young care leavers being ‘cut adrift’ warn MPs


Vulnerable young people leaving local authority care are not receiving the help and support they need, a new report from the Public Accounts Committee has warned.

Government unveils plans for 14 regional adoption agencies


The Government has announced details of 14 regional agencies that will bring councils and voluntary groups together to help reform the adoption system.

Charity voices concern over drop in adoption rates


There has been a fall in both the number of children granted an adoption placement order and the number of children placed for adoption this year, according to official statistics.

Children in care should stay until 25 says commissioner


Young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are 25 years old as thousands are leaving before they are ready, a new survey has revealed.

Councils poised to receive £30m to cover adoption costs


Councils are to receive £30m to cover the costs of finding adoptive parents outside local authority boundaries.

Councils get £4.5m to kick start regional adoption agencies


The first regional adoption agencies - groups of councils matching children with parents - will be up and running months earlier than planned after a £4.5m cash injection.

New measures will force councils to merge adoption functions


Councils could be forced to merge their adoption services if they fail to work together of their own accord.

Councils triple number of special guardianship orders


An investigation has revealed that that the number of councils placing babies under a special guardianship order has tripled in the past two years.

Norfolk given £1m to develop child care project


Over £1m of government funds has been awarded to a Norfolk County Council project designed to prevent 180 children coming into care every year.

Dog adoption blacklist barking up the wrong tree, charity warns


An adoption charity has launched a best practice guide to prevent foster children being denied the physical and emotional benefits of having a pet.

Charity calls for research on cost of siblings separated in care


Local authorities have been urged to provide data on the number of siblings separated in care by a charity, after figures show it costs the UK economy £800m a year.

National roll out for Adoption Support Fund


A scheme to support therapy for adoptive families is to be rolled out next year following a successful pilot with 10 local authorities.

Number of children being adopted reaches record levels


The number of children being adopted increased by 26% over the past year, according to official figures.

PM announces ‘family test’ for all domestic policy


Future Government policy will be examined for its impact on families, as councils are put in line for more funding to support local communities.

Adopted children share £20m for extra school support


Children adopted from care are to receive £1,900 each to pay for extra support at school.

Minister insists Government 'on the right track' with adoption


The Government is ‘on the right track’ in delivering better adoption support, children’s minister Edward Timpson has insisted.

Judge delays decision on blocking sibling contact


A judge has delayed a decision on whether to block direct contact between two groups of siblings so that the children’s views can be represented.

Leadership board to tackle shortage of adopters


Councils will be helped to stay on track in meeting targets with the launch of the adoption leadership board tomorrow.

Councils' adoption need focus of TV series


Councils' increased need to find people wanting to adopt children will be highlighted in a TV series starting tonight.

Adoption campaign begins in Birmingham


Birmingham City Council has launched a campaign to locate local adopters and foster carers, deploying prime-time television advertising and a new website.

Council launches campaign to increase Muslim adoptive parents


Tower Hamlets Council has launched a new campaign to encourage more Muslim couples to adopt, warning the number coming forward is failing to match the number of Muslim children in need of a new home.

Leaders warn of fall in adoption funding


Council leaders have questioned ‘new’ government funding for adoption services, warning that town halls could struggle with reduced financial support.

Essex defends adoption decision on Caesarean child


Essex CC has defended its decision to put the baby of a woman forced to have a Caesarean up for adoption.

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