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The judicial approach to making an adoption order where birth parents do not give their consent suddenly changed after a UK Supreme Court judgement in mid-2013, which examined the position in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998 – Re B  UKSC 33. This article argues that this case did not...
This research, conducted jointly between the UK children’s charity Coram and the University of Bristol, aimed to address the absence in the academic literature of adopters’ perspectives on their children’s life story books. Forty adopters from England and Wales participated in either focus group...
It is well established that the educational achievements of children in care often lag behind those of their peers in school. This article explores the needs and experiences of a particular group that has been overlooked: women from a care background who go to university. It charts the adult...
This study explores reflective functioning (RF) in foster carers using the Parent Development Interview. A mixed-methods design was employed in eliciting personal accounts of fostering by carers alongside an assessment of their RF. Results suggest that the carers displayed varying levels of RF...
This article examines the organisational models of decision-making regarding care placements in child welfare. Many countries currently report reorganising and economising their services and greater use of independent and voluntary agencies, all of which will have a direct and indirect influence...
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