UK Adoption

The Three-P's of Infertility

Candace Wohl | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

Talk about challenging your mentally stability. The love that 6 years worth of this infertile life has for our future child is insurmountable. I put my body, mind and financial future through infertility hell just for the chance to have a baby.

What Adoption Stories Really Tell Us

Hilary Robinson | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

Help A Hamster is a reminder and a celebration of the human condition - that while attitudes and circumstances may change, kindness and respect towards others always seems to remain a constant in an ever changing pressured world.

What Not to Say When They Are Not Expecting

Candace Wohl | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

What do you say to someone who is suffering through infertility? We'll we can certainly share with you what not to say. Over the years we have pretty much heard it all. Being on the receiving end makes you feel very exposed, sad, somehow less human. It was like we just admitted that we lost the primal ability to procreate, or procreate easily anyway.

Infertile Us

Candace Wohl | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Candace Wohl

During our last final bite at the IVF apple we let the world into our bedroom. OK, get your mind out of the gutter. We allowed MTV to film us for a year to document our infertility journey on the Emmy award winning series "True Life". Our show was "I'm Desperate to have a Baby". Not the most flattering of titles but also not entirely inaccurate either. We ARE desperate to have a baby.

Dirty Little Secrets? Children Conceived in Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

When a 14 year old Irish girl was raped and became pregnant in 1992, nobody knew that the shockwaves would still be rippling 20 years later. This week, the 'Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill' is navigating the Irish Parliament. If successful, abortion, where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, may soon be legalised in Ireland.

Adoptees: Lucky Escape or Forgotten Victims?

Ben Acheson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Adoption is widely regarded as a perfect arrangement for all parties and whilst it does generally benefit everyone involved, it is naive, one-dimensional and even dangerous to assume that it is a purely positive event without repercussions.

UK Adoption Reform: The Dangers of Repeating Australia's Shame

Cathy Ashley | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Ashley

The UK government is pushing ahead full steam with Clause 1 of the Children and Families Bill. If implemented it could result in some children being placed with potential adopters despite there having been no court proceedings, no court decision that the child should be permanently removed from their parents and no legal advice given to the parents.

Full Spectrum Early Intervention Needs Residential Options Too

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Early Intervention Foundation's (EIF) aspiration to end late intervention should be accompanied by research into residential options for children....

Channel 4 News Reveals What Life Is Like for Children Affected By Alcohol in the Womb

Cat Mcshane | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cat Mcshane

Last night, Channel 4 News aired air a short film I've spent the last five months putting together about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. This is a range of lifelong disabilities that can occur when a mother drinks while their child is in the womb.

'Race' and Adoption Crusades in 21st Century Britain

Professor Ravinder Barn | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Ravinder Barn

The 'race' and adoption reforms put forward by Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, in England are undoubtedly an ideological crusade - not unlike the ideology around the elimination of religion in the former Soviet Union.

'Ripping The Heart Out Of Africa'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK

Celebrities including Madonna and Angelina Jolie are "ripping the heart out of Africa" by adopting its children, according to Mozambique supermodel Ta...

At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which is long overdue.

Danniella Westbrook Plans To Adopt Troubled Kids

WENN | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home

Danniella Westbrook has overcome her demons and is now planning to give troubled kids a new start in life by becoming a foster parent. Danniella ha...

Time to Pension Off Old Thinking About Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

If we are to succeed in our current rethinking of how we meet the needs of young people in need we should adjust our thinking about children's homes, fostering and adoption.

Barnardo's Plea to Light Up Lives of Children Waiting for Homes

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Today, there are thousands more children waiting to be adopted or fostered than there are people coming forward, to be mums and dads. The figures speak for themselves; more than 4,600 children are currently awaiting families and we need to find some 9,000 new foster families in the next 12 months.

Reconnecting Residential Child Care 2013

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Stanley

We must challenge conventional but inaccurate thinking about our children's homes. The unremittingly negative image of children's homes just isn't found in real life.

Childish Behaviour

Jacob Greaves | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jacob Greaves

In this seemingly endless episode of tit-for-tat between Russia and the US, Russian politicians have landed a blow against everyday Russians and Americans - and from it gained very little.

Americans Banned From Adopting Russian Children

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK

Vladimir Putin has signed a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children, according to the Kremlin. Reuters reported on Friday that the law ...

Gay Adoption Is Not Abusive But Mr McKenzie of UKIP Your Beliefs Are

Alice Grist | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

We live in a society replete with divorce and as such any extra bit of kissing may well do some to enhance a child's experience of life and of caring, trusting relationships. Kissing in front of a child does not amount to abuse. That abuse is only visible if you are wearing the blinkered shades of fear, hatred and prejudice.

Ukip Candidate Criticised After Condemning Gay Adoption

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics

Winston McKenzie, a Ukip candidate for Croydon North, has sparked outrage after insisting it was "not healthy" for a child to be adopted by a gay coup...

Jessica Elgot

No Ukip Members, No Smokers, No Fat People?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

Fostering experts are afraid that the case of three children being removed from a Rotherham couple because of their support for the UK Independence Pa...

Mehdi Hasan

'Morally Dodgy': Ukip Founder Blasts Party Over Immigration

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been under fire for dismissing the UK Independence Party (Ukip) as a party of "fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", in a now-not...

Foster Parents Lose Kids For 'Racist Party' Membership

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

A couple in Rotherham have had their three foster children taken from them by the local council - because of their membership of the UK Independence P...

Catholic Charity May Close Adoption Services Over Gay Couples Ruling

PA | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK

A Roman Catholic charity said it might close its adoption services after a tribunal ruled that it cannot refuse to help gay couples adopt. Catholic...

Eight Leading Charities Launch an Inquiry Into the Care System in England

Dominic Stevenson | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Dominic Stevenson

Is the care system serving our children as well as it should be? The Care Inquiry - a collaboration of eight children's charities with a special interest in all the care options for these children and young people - wants to take stock on this important question.