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In the News: Virtual schools; court win for adoptive parents; guidance on e-cigarettes

Published: 27.02.15

A round up of recent news and media stories on adoption and related issues.
In the News: Virtual schools; court win for adoptive parents; guidance on e-cigarettes

Virtual School aims to help the Royal Borough's adopted children - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website - 25.02.15
A virtual school will be available to all adopted children in a scheme being piloted by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Adoptive parents win £14,000 legal costs for their year-long fight with 'unreasonable' council to get care for severely disabled five-year-old - Daily Mail - 24.02.15
The adoptive parents of a seriously-disabled child have won £14,000 in legal costs after a year-long battle with the local council over care for their son. The five-year-old, known only as 'K' for legal reasons, was diagnosed with learning difficulties and severe mental health issues after being placed with the couple in 2011.

Is no drinking safe during pregnancy? - This Morning - 24.02.15
Jade, who suffers from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and her adoptive mum Alison, talk about FASD.

Specialist support set to benefit 3,000 adopter families - CYP - 23.02.15
More than 3,000 families that have adopted a child are set to benefit from the government's £19.3m Adoption Support Fund, latest figures suggest.

Loving couple banned from adopting... because husband had 'e-cigarette'  - Daily Mail - 22.02.15
Social workers have barred a couple from adopting a child after the would-be father was seen smoking an e-cigarette.

Social workers given updated guidance on e-cigarette use by foster carers or adopters - Community Care - 24.02.15
British Association of Adoption and Fostering now advises social workers to distinguish between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.

'LGBT foster carers are very useful – we know what it's like to be different but equal' - Community Care - 25.02.15
Nicola Hill, a lesbian foster carer, shares her experiences and offers advice for prospective carers from the LGBT community

Why the judge was right to reunite a child with his EDL-supporting father - Guardian - 18.02.15
Social engineering is not the job of Sir James Munby, still less the borough council that argued it was 'immoral' to allow the young father to bring up his son