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In the News: Adoption Parties; MP criticised, Speeding up adoptions

Published: 14.01.14

A round up of the latest features and articles relevant to adoptive families.
In the News: Adoption Parties; MP criticised, Speeding up adoptions

Adoption Parties: the best way for children and parents to meet?
Critics have called adoption parties 'cattle markets for kids' but the evidence suggest that these events make happy matches for children and parents Guardian 11/1/14

MP criticised for ‘ignorant’ advice on family court.
A Liberal Democrat MP has come under fire after suggesting that parents suspected of child abuse flee the country because they are unlikely to receive a fair hearing from the family courts. CYP 13/1/14

Barnardo’s launch fostering campaign 
Children’s charity Barnardo’s, is calling on members of the public to consider becoming foster carers to meet the current shortfall of 8,600 carers needed for some of the most vulnerable children in the UK. Barnardo’s 13/1/14

Speeding up adoptions: how a new scheme helps keep care out of court
A Cafcass Plus pilot has put the interests of at-risk children first – but have parents' rights been overlooked? Guardian 8/1/14