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Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A group that aims to improve children's experiences of the family court system has produced a child's guide to legal language. The Family Justice Young People's Board says children embroiled in family court disputes can have difficulty understanding some words and phrases. Members have created a glossary of terms to…
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and put into council care have vanished and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave gangs, it is reported. According to figures obtained by The Times, 152 Vietnamese youngsters have gone missing from their care and foster homes since…
Children's services are at a "tipping point", with record numbers of youngsters now in care, town hall bosses have warned. The equivalent of 90 youngsters a day are entering the care system, according to the Local Government Association, which urged government to plug a funding gap to help councils support…
A children's charity has said Scotland's care system must "evolve" in a new report one year on from the announcement of an independent review into the sector. Action for Children has urged the review group to consider four key demands raised by those being looked after in a report based…
A family court judge has decided not to name a council she criticised over its handling of a case involving a baby girl now placed for adoption. Recorder Carly Henley said the little girl, who will soon be 12 months old, had gone into temporary council foster care a day…
Almost 30,000 reports of children sexually assaulting other youngsters, including 2,625 alleged attacks on school premises, have been made to police in the last four years, figures reveal. The data released by 38 of the 43 police forces across England and Wales, in response to freedom of information requests, shows…
A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
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