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1 in 8 adoptions in England now to same-sex couples

16th November 2018
1 in 8 adoptions in England in 2018 were to same-sex couples, statistics released 15 November show. The new figures from the Department for Education reveal that of the 3,820 adoptions in England this...

Members’ ebulletin – 08 November, 2018

8th November 2018
A word from Tor Dear member I'm delighted to announce some slight changes to the way New Family Social will work in the future. Earlier this year we were lucky enough to secure funding for a four-...

Rotherham councillor rapped for gay fostering remark (BBC News)

6th November 2018
A councillor who questioned whether LGBT people should be allowed to foster children has been removed from his post on a policing panel. A separate panel ruled his comments were homophobic and had br...

Why families are turning their backs on adoption (The Times)

6th November 2018
Increasing numbers of children are being taken into care by local authorities. This The Times piece examines why the number of children being adopted has moved in the opposite direction while the num...

Call to help end children’s adoption wait in Wales (BBC News)

15th October 2018
One in five children who need placing in an adoptive home in Wales have been waiting for over a year, says the country's National Adoption Service (NAS). NAS said more prospective parents needed to co...

Teachers making derogatory comments about children in care, study finds (Children & Young People Now)

8th October 2018
Negative views of looked-after children are commonplace among teachers, with many labelling them "problem children", Children & Young People Now reports. Among more than 400 teachers surveyed acro...

GCSEs: Adopted children lag behind peers (tes)

24th August 2018
As thousands of pupils celebrate their GCSE results, many adopted children will receive grades that are only half as good as their classmates. Just a third of adopted children passed their English ...

Number of adoptions in Scotland by same-sex couples stalls in 2017

23rd July 2018
New figures published by National Records of Scotland show that while the total number of adoptions in the country grew to 543 in 2017, there was no increase in the number of adoptions by same-sex cou...

Foster care reforms: Families to get clearer physical affection guidance (Children & Young People Now)

20th July 2018
Foster families will receive clearer advice on physical affection so they can feel more confident to hug and comfort the children in their care, the government has said. In addition the government ...

‘Woefully few’ young people benefiting from Staying Put (Children & Young People Now)

20th July 2018
A government initiative allowing young people to remain in foster care after turning 18 is benefiting too few young people, The Fostering Network has warned. The charity says that while the 'Staying ...