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Adoption leave and pay changes for April 2015

Adoption leave and pay changes from April 5th 2015.

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To help fall more in line with maternity rights, the Government are making adoption leave and pay changes from April 5th 2015. Information gained from the ACAS website that qualifying employees are entitled to take up to 52 weeks adoption leave and may be able to take 39 weeks of statutory adoption pay. THE KEY […]

Families for Children adopt a child awareness video featuring celebrity patrons

Families for Children adoption awareness – celebrity video

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There are over 6,000 children waiting to be adopted in the UK. To help highlight the plight of these children, Families for Children have created a ‘Happy Childhood Memories’ campaign video. To add weight to the campaign, the short film features many of the Families for Children celebrity patrons, including actress Caroline Quentin, Michael Caines […]

Edward Timpson Adoption Thank You letter

Download the adoption Letter from Edward Timpson.

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At the start of National Adoption Week, Edward Timpson MP has written to all adopters about the government’s adoption reform programme. The letter can be found at: The letter thanks adopters who have adopted a child from care. It goes on to inform adopters of the Governments commitment to improving the adoption system. It […]

Government reforms for Children with SEN and Disabilities

Government reforms for Children with SEN and Disabilities.

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The biggest education reforms in a generation for children and young people with special educational needs became law on Monday 1 September. The new Children and Families Act will offer simpler, improved and consistent help for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities (special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)). As well as protecting the schools […]

Adopted disabled twins

Michael and Paul adopt disabled twin boys.

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Did you know that almost half of children waiting for a family placement have an impairment or some form of special need? Some people have a fear of disability, but not Michael Atwal-Brice and his partner, Paul. When they adopted identical two year old, disabled twin boys, Levi and Lucas, they were over the moon. Like parents everywhere, […]

£20 million government funding to help Adopted Child Education

£20 million to help adopted children to thrive at school.

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Based on self-declared adoption data from parents in 2013, less than half of these adopted children reached the expected levels of reading, writing and maths at key stage 2, compared with 75% of non-adopted children. So in order to combat this situation the Government have provided £20 million in funding to help around 10,000 adopted children […]