Category: United Kingdom

‘Win a baby’! Fertility charity launches new IVF lottery

Source: http://www.christian.org.uk Britain’s first IVF lottery is set to launch later this month giving players the chance to win a baby, but critics have branded the contest as ‘exploitative’. The controversial lottery, which has now been granted a licence by the Gambling Commission, will see players spending £20 on each ticket.

Government to appoint adoption tsar

Source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk Monday, 4 July 2011  The Government is to appoint its first adoption tsar to try to cut the number of children stuck in the care system waiting to find a family. Martin Narey, the former head of the Prison Service and chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, is set to be the first… Read more »

Profit, not care: The ugly side of overseas adoptions

Date: 2011-06-05 Source: http://www.independent.co.uk Lax regulation and an endless demand by childless couples in the West has created an often exploitative market in babies born in the developing world By Laurie Penny Sunday, 5 June 2011 In rural Nepal, where the going rate for a healthy orphan is $5,000 (£3,000), some 600 children are missing…. Read more »

Cardiff After Adoption conference on child identity

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk  12 April 2011 Adopted children find piecing together their past a struggle as they get older Adopted children often struggle with their cultural identity as teenagers, according to a charity providing adoption support. After Adoption aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by adoptees at a conference in Cardiff on Tuesday.

I was the Gatwick baby

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk  Steve Hydes was abandoned at Gatwick airport in 1986, a few days after he was born. He talks about his quest to discover his heritage – and find his mother Joanna Moorhead The Guardian, Saturday 9 April 2011 Who am I? Steve Hydes, who was found at Gatwick airport as a baby, on… Read more »

The French adoption ambassador inspired by Americans

Source: http://www.france-amerique.com  Informal translation: Anaïs Digonnet, March 17, 2011  Traveling to Washington and Atlanta in late February, Jean-Paul Monchau, France’s ambassador in charge of international adoptions has met his U.S. counterpart and a specialized service provider. Objective: To follow the example of professionalism in American adoptions.  I first went to Washington where I met my counterpart,… Read more »

Ombudsman could investigate child ‘snatching’ by courts

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk An independent Ombudsman could be appointed to investigate cases in which social workers and the courts are accused of taking children from their homes without justification. Tim Loughton Photo: UPPA Patrick Sawer 8:30AM GMT 06 Mar 2011 Tim Loughton, the children’s minister, is considering the landmark step after he grew concerned over a… Read more »

Mercy’s Family To Sue Madonna

Source: http://movies.ndtv.com Sunday, February 06, 2011 (London)  Madonna’s adopted Malawian daughter’s family is threatening to sue the ‘Queen of Pop’, claiming that she did not keep her promise to let them see the 5-year-old.

Judith Kilshaw: Internet adoption scandal woman now wants IVF at 57!

Source: http://www.parentdish.co.uk   by Kelly Rose Bradford Jan 28th 2011 CategWho could forget the Kilshaws? Solicitor husband Alan and his wife Judith, who, in 2001 BOUGHT mixed race twins from a ‘baby broker’ in the US for £8,200, and then went on the run from UK social services. The babies were eventually returned to the US, where a… Read more »