Woman convicted of murdering baby she wanted to adopt – The Guardian

‘A former care worker who used physical force and lost her temper with a baby boy she was in the process of adopting has been found guilty of murder.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2022

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Herefordshire Council social services separated twins despite expert warnings – BBC News

‘Twins were wrongly split up for adoption after social workers altered an expert report warning of the harm of separation.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2022

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Off into the Somerset – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division has issued new guidance on remedying breaches of the Adoption Agency Regulations 2005. Jess Purchase sets out the key points.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2022

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Children law cases and parents with learning disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘Eleanor Suthern reports on a recent Family Court ruling where a judge considered the international elements of the case and also gave guidance on proceedings involving a parent with a learning disability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2022

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Judge gives guidance on care cases where parent has learning disability – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has given guidance on care cases where a parent has a learning disability, after deciding that a 17-month-old boy known as Child H should be the subject of a care order pending adoption because of his parents’ inability to care for him.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2022

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Court of Appeal allows appeal over placement order after judicial analysis “fell significantly short” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to make a placement order for an 18-month-old boy after finding that the judicial analysis “fell significantly short”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2022

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Two new cases where parents try to stop adoptions – Transparency Project

‘This post is about two recent judgments with a similar theme – attempts by birth parents to stop an adoption going through, on the legal basis of caselaw interpretation of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 that their circumstances had changed and that the original welfare decision and plan therefore need reconsidering. One, Re D, is a decision on leave to apply to revoke placement orders and the second, Re A and B, is a decision on opposing adoption orders. This means that the children in Re D are not yet living with prospective adopters, although the children in Re A and B are.’

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Transparency Project, 20th March 2022

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Court of Appeal upholds refusal of application for placement orders in case where parents showed “grossly unreasonable attitude” towards professionals – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority has failed to persuade the Court of Appeal that a judge’s refusal of its applications for placement orders in respect of children aged two and almost four was irrational.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th November 2021

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Judge criticises Mackenzie Friend over timing of application to revoke adoption order – Local Government Lawyer

‘A disputed adoption case has highlighted the problems of reliance on a Mackenzie Friend rather than a solicitor in proceedings, a Family Division judge has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd October 2021

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When a case is described finely balanced, how important are the children’s expressed wishes and feelings? Dorset Council v M & Ors (Removal : Balance of Harm) [2021] EWFC B43 – Transparency Project

Posted September 8th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, children, families, family courts, fostering, local government, news by sally

‘Every case is fact specific but what makes cases like this interesting is seeing what it was that made the Judge’s decision fall on the opposite side of the line to the professionals when the decision is said to be “finely balanced” and “on a knife edge”.’

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Transparency Project, 7th September 2021

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Revocation of adoption orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal against an order dismissing an application by the birth mother of three children to revoke an adoption order made in respect of those children. Fran Massarella looks at the outcome.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd September 2021

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How not to conduct a placement application (part 2) – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 13th, 2021 in adoption, appeals, children, families, local government, news, placement orders by tracey

‘Rebecca Cross looks at a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where the ADM [agency decision maker] failed to carry out their duties properly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2021

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Court of Appeal allows appeal by council as judgment in childcare proceedings did not contain required analysis of competing options – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 14th, 2021 in adoption, appeals, care orders, children, families, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a council over a judge’s order that effectively rejected the local authority’s care plan for adoption for an 18-month-old child (A).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th July 2021

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Newborn care report sparks judicial response – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Judges are to investigate the use of urgent hearings in proceedings involving babies, after a study found that 85% of mothers in cases involving newborns being taken into care were given less than seven days’ formal notice.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th June 2021

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‘Overwhelming and emotionally traumatic’: 1 in 6 new mothers only given a day’s notice of care proceedings, research says – The Independent

‘One in six mothers involved in care proceedings over the last year were given just a day’s notice of a court hearing to decide whether their newborn child would be taken into care, according to research. The vast majority of such women in England and Wales receive less than one week’s notice, new analysis shows.’

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The Independent, 5th June 2021

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Postcode lottery for baby care orders – judge – BBC News

‘Care order applications are usually made when social workers decide a mother is unable to look after her child on her own. The baby will probably go into foster care and it may be adopted.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2021

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High Court judge clarifies position on adoption for co-parenting families where relationship has ended – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 21st, 2021 in adoption, children, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘The Family Court has ruled that in co-parenting families one parent may adopt a child born to the other even if they are no longer partners.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2021

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Fairness to birth parents in adoption hearings – Transparency Project

‘This case was an application by a birth mother for permission to appeal against a decision in the High Court that had refused her leave to apply to oppose an adoption order – Re S (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 605.’

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Transparency Project, 6th May 2021

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High Court judge revokes adoption orders after acknowledging “exceptional circumstances” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘A judge in the Family Division of the High Court has revoked adoption orders for an 18 year old (A) and a 16 year old (B) after concluding that there were “compelling highly exceptional and particular circumstances” that supported such a step.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2021

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Judge considers whether local authority obliged to assess members of ‘original family’ of mother who herself was adopted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 13th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘A Family Court judge has issued a ruling on whether, within public law proceedings, there was any obligation on a local authority to assess members of the biological/birth family of the mother of the subject infant child, where the mother herself was adopted as a child and raised by adoptive parents.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th April 2021

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