UK Adoption

Baby With No Name 'Should Be Placed For Adoption', Judge Rules

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Parents

A four-month-old baby who was not given a name by her parents should be placed for adoption, a judge has ruled. The baby girl, currently in foster ...

Adoptions Without Consent: Children's Rights Are Paramount

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It was the introduction of the English Adoption and Children Act, passed in 2002, that placed the rights of the child front and centre of the English legal approach to child protection and brought English adoption practices in line with international legislation.

Appeal To Find Girl 'New Parents For Christmas' Criticised By Former Adoption Charity Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents

An adoption charity's appeal to find a three-year-old girl "new parents for Christmas" has been criticised for "pulling on people's heartstrings". ...

Permanency Must Be the Gold Standard for Children in Care, Not Adoption

Martin Barrow | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

If adoption is to be the gold standard for looked-after children, then we appear to have failed as foster carers. Only one of the children we have cared for has been adopted, while a number of different outcomes were agreed for the other children.

Sandra Bullock Opens Up About Worries For Her African-American Son

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents

Sandra Bullock has opened up about the worries she has for her African-American son as he grows up in today's society. The actress, who adopted Lou...

Couple Who 'Adopted' Son At Birth Told By Judges To Return Boy To Birth Family

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents

A married couple who were close to adopting a baby , who they have been looking after since he was born, have been told by high court judges nearly on...

The Changing World of Adoption

Hugh Thornbery | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Hugh Thornbery

BAAF's demise coincided with that of Kids Company. Two more dissimilar charities in the children's sector could not be imagined yet in the public's mind, fed by much of the media reporting and punditry, some much better informed than others, one could assume that the closure of both charities signaled a wider problem in the charity sector.

Sandra Bullock Adoption Story Posted Using Fake Facebook Account

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents

Sandra Bullock's name made headlines yesterday after quotes about her adoption allegedly from herself were posted on a Facebook page. However, Huff...

Sandra Bullock On Adoptive Son: 'He May Not Have My Eyes But He Has All My Heart'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents

Update: We have now learned the below Facebook account was a fake account. The page has since being advised by Facebook to change its name and desc...

Online Advert Offers To Sell Baby Boy For Adoption For £15,000

SWNS | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents

Police have launched an investigation after a baby boy was offered up for adoption for £15,000 in an online advert. The post was listed on a class...

Nine Reasons Why Being a Foster Carer Rocks

Martin Barrow | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

She leaves us with many happy memories, as have all the children who have been in our care. Like all foster carers we rarely have time to reflect on the wonderful times we have enjoyed. This seems like a good moment to pause and consider some of the very best.

Mum Seeks Adoptive Parents For 4-Year-Old On Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother turned to Facebook to try and find adoptive parents for a four-year-old girl. Mallory Donath, 24, wrote the post on a private Facebook gr...

What It Means to 'Protect Our Foster Kids'

Kevin Williams | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Kevin Williams

"A foster carer treats you like family, like their own children."

Why Don't We Talk About Adoption?

Jules Furness | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jules Furness

When your child starts school and they decide to tell their class mate they have a tummy mummy, how well educated on adoption will those class mates be? Or the other parents If we can't talk about adoption?

Teenager Posts Heart-Wrenching Ad For A Family On Craigslist

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 19-year-old college student has posted a heart-wrenching advert on Craigslist looking to 'rent a family' to spend her birthday with. Natalie Car...

Adoption Is a Good Thing - It Gives Children a Second Chance

Hugh Thornbery | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Hugh Thornbery

Adoption is a good thing, it gives children a second chance of experiencing enduring family relationships when birth parents cannot care for them and no other reasonable options are available in the wider family.

Look How Grown Up Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's Adopted Children Are

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman may no longer be married, but their adopted children are still very close. The couple married in 1990 for 11 years, du...

How Adopted Children Inspired Their Parents To Help Others Become Families

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

When adoptive parents are matched with their children, they know their lives are about to change infinitely. But for many building a relationship w...

Gay Couple Successfully Adopt After Meghan Trainor Parody Video

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Joe Morales and Joey Famoso took inspiration from Meghan Trainor's 'Dear Future Husband' song to adopt, they were probably unaware how successful...

Woman Raises Neighbour's Twins As Her Own After Mum Dies Of Cancer

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Parents

When Marcia Young heard her neighbour had died of cancer leaving behind nine-year-old twins she didn't hesitate before stepping in to look after them....

(Coconut) Smells Like Victory

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

It's probably nothing, probably just some tick of genetics she will grow out of as she settles into her new world. But Dr Internet tells us that it might be something, might mean too that we're wrong to think that the orphanage treated her well.

Too Much Going On!

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

The adoption process itself is long and arduous, and it must be adhered to precisely at all times. That means bureaucratic hoops and jumping through them, many hoops and near constant jumping. It took us just over a natural gestation to navigate the maze.

Interview with 'Salvage' Author Keren David

Alix Long | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview Keren David, author of Salvage, to explain her inspiration for writing the book, the issue of broken family relationships and if everything (as is suggested by her title) can eventually be 'salvaged'...

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

How to Be a Child-Full Couple

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

I want to challenge that phrase 'A childless couple', It assumes Ramin and I, and others like us, are missing out. We live in a time when the quest for possessions, status and fame is well and truly up there with the quest for enlightenment.