Adoption

Adoptive families given access to £8m support fund

14/04/2020

Local authorities will be able to provide adoptive families with emergency support following the announcement of a £8m fund.

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

16/01/2020

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

03/01/2020

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

09/12/2019

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

11/10/2019

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

24/09/2019

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

Ambitious for adoption

03/07/2019

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

02/07/2019

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

04/06/2019

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

24/12/2018

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

Number of looked after children rises to over 75,000

16/11/2018

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

01/11/2018

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

12/10/2018

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

Children face adoption ‘postcode lottery’

12/09/2018

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

12/06/2018

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

23/03/2018

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

26/09/2017

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

31/08/2017

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

18/08/2017

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

27/06/2017

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

27/09/2016

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

23/06/2016

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’

18/05/2016

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

16/05/2016

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

30/10/2015

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

20/10/2015

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

01/10/2015

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

08/07/2015

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

06/07/2015

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

22/06/2015

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

26/05/2015

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

22/05/2015

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

17/02/2015

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

02/02/2015

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

23/01/2015

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

17/11/2014

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

01/10/2014

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

18/08/2014

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

28/07/2014

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

19/05/2014

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

17/04/2014

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

15/04/2014

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

03/04/2014

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

Adoption campaign begins in Birmingham

20/01/2014

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

07/01/2014

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

24/12/2013

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

03/12/2013

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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