News & Features

Browse the sections on the left for the latest in adoption and fostering, issues specific to LGBT parents, and to get to know our families.


Number of young people receiving mental health support rises to 240,000 (Children & Young People Now)

25th May 2017
  The number of young people in contact with mental health services has passed the 240,000 mark. Figures published by the NHS show that at the end of February this year, there were 240,020 ...

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Dozens of Wales' looked-after children in care outside country (BBC News)

23rd May 2017
More than 130 looked-after children from Wales are currently in care placements outside the country, according to the BBC. BBC Wales asked all 22 local authorities in Wales how many children and yo...

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The Adoptables are recruiting! (Coram)

23rd May 2017
The Adoptables is a peer network of adopted young people aged 13-25. They share their experiences as adopted young people at home, in school and in post-adoption support, with professionals, schools a...

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50 Babies given the best start thanks to Specialist Adoption Programme (Adoption Matters/Caritas Care)

19th May 2017
[caption id="attachment_6096" align="alignright" width="300"] Members of the NW Concurrent Planning Service together with Adoption Matters & Caritas Care Chief Executive's Norman Goodwin, CBE &...

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'Men who care: What are the experiences of gay male foster carers?' - Research request

18th May 2017
A Newcastle University MA Sociology undergraduate wants to speak to gay male foster carers for research for his dissertation. Foster carers can be single or in couples and from anywhere in the UK. R...

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Flexible business opportunities for adopters within adoption services/support (Cornerstone Partnership)

16th May 2017
The Cornerstone Partnership seeks applicants to run their peer-led adoption support programme across the country. The programme is a three-pronged approach with support from the beginning of the asse...

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Same-sex couple adopters - research request

10th May 2017
Alison Sargeant - a Social Work masters student at Manchester Metropolitan University - is conducting a study into the experiences of same-sex couples who've completed an adoption assessment. The ...

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How to assess a school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion - launch of new resource for parents & carers

4th May 2017
Free Guide Offers a Practical Checklist to Assessing a State and Independent School’s Commitment to LGBT+ Inclusion (with children aged 3-18 in mind)   The P3 Network (P3) - in partne...

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We adopted our baby through Concurrent Planning (Adoption Matters)

25th April 2017
Helen & Simone adopted a baby through the NW Concurrent Planning Service, a partnership service Adoption Matters runs in collaboration with Caritas Care.  Here is Helen and Simone's story of t...

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Government to investigate how foster care can be improved (Community Care)

24th April 2017
The government has launched a consultation to identify how current foster care provision can be improved. The consultation will review the status, role and function of foster carers in relation t...

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