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Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh

4th January 2018
Blue Sky Fostering continues its relationship with Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) as the first independent fostering agency in the UK to provide access to DofE activities for looked-after children. On 4Â...

Free childcare to be extended to foster carers (Children & Young People Now)

21st December 2017
Foster carers are to become eligible for 30 hours free childcare, children’s minister Robert Goodwill has confirmed. Speaking in a House of Commons debate on the issue, Goodwill said that the g...

Adoptions by same-sex couples in England drop for first time since 2011

7th December 2017
New figures published today – 7 December – by the Department for Education show there were 420 adoptions by same-sex couples in England in 2016/17, a decrease from 450 in 2016. This is the first ...

LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week 2018

5th December 2017
New Family Social's LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week campaign returns from 5-11 March, 2018. This year's theme is '10 Good Reasons'. More information will be announced shortly. Alternative...

Report says 20% of siblings taken into care are split up (BBC News)

22nd November 2017
A report finds that 20% of sibling groups were split up because of difficulty finding suitable places.   Almost 20 per cent of sibling groups in Scotland taken into care were split up because o...

Same-sex couples help relieve strain on adoption system (The Times)

22nd November 2017
Same-sex couples now play an increasingly significant role in adopting vulnerable children as local authorities struggle to find homes for children in the care system. Applications for adoption ord...

Australians Say Yes To Same Sex Marriage

15th November 2017
"Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples o...

Dad of adopted baby guilty of murder (BBC News)

8th November 2017
18-month-old Elsie died two weeks after being formally adopted by Matthew Scully-Hicks and his husband.   A man has been found guilty of murdering his 18-month-old baby just two weeks after for...

Children in care numbers rise at fastest rate in five years (Children & Young People Now)

28th September 2017
The number of children in care in England has risen at its fastest rate in five years while the number of children being adopted continues to fall, official figures have revealed. The proportion of...

Over a quarter of adopted families in crisis, survey shows (BBC News)

26th September 2017
More than a quarter of adopted families are in crisis, according to a survey by the BBC and charity Adoption UK. More than half of those surveyed reported living with a child who was violent, includ...