Category: United Kingdom

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

Source: 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: 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: 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:  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:  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:  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: 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: 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:   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 »