In the News: Are social workers being dishonest about the realities of adoption?
Published: 26.09.14A round up of recent news stories relating to adoption and looked after children
Are social workers being dishonest about the realities of adoption?
Adopting a child is not about neat beginnings or endings, yet there is much pressure to pretend it is, writes adopter Sally Donovan. Community Care 16.9.14
Woman gets access to adoption files in Somerset
A woman has been allowed to examine the court records of her late father's adoption. BBC News 10.9.14
Entering care is an opportunity to to evaulate a child's emotional well-being and improve their mental health
A look at recent research into looked after children's mental health and its practical messages for social work. Community Care 10.9.14
Tracing a birth relative reaps rewards for adoptees - but can can open a Pandora's box
Most adoptees who trace family say they are pleased to have done so, but it can throw up challenges. The Guardian 24.9.14
Adoption should be the last port of call - even in the storm of local authority funding
More work should be done before care proceedings are begun, including support for families to help them cope better. The Guardian 25.9.14
Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace their ancestors' lives
New rules extend rights to all relations of adopted adults. Family Law 26.9.14