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Younger Foster Carers Needed

More younger people need to be encouraged to foster in order to avoid a recruitment crisis, the Fostering Network has warned, with the publication of survey results showing that almost one in three foster carers are now approaching an age where they may consider retiring.

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Child’s opinion relevant in international custody disputes

An important decision by the Supreme Court has suggested that in future courts will take a more child-centric approach to deciding where children should live in cases of international custody disputes.

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Rise in incidence of parental child abduction

There has been an alarming rise in the number of parental child abduction and custody cases over the past ten years, with around two children being abducted abroad each day.

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Most fathers maintain contact with non-resident children

A recent piece of research has uncovered some positive findings with regards to contact between fathers and their children who don’t live with them.

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Recognition for grandparent carers

Campaigners have welcomed the adoption of a policy amendment by the Liberal Democrats at their recent party conference which would see grandparents and family carers entitled to paid leave from work if they step in to raise a child who cannot live with their parents.

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New Bill will aid children and young people

The Government has published details of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

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Bedroom tax penalises shared custody arrangements

Human rights organisation Liberty has announced it will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s controversial new “bedroom tax” policy based on the impact on separated families with shared custody of children.

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Four in five parents now paying for their children

Recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have shown that the vast majority of parents who use the Child Support Agency (CSA) are now paying for their children.

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Man misled over paternity

A man has been awarded damages of £25,000 after being tricked by his ex-wife into believing that he was the father of her two children, reports the Daily Mail.

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Increasing range of post-divorce parenting arrangement

A recent study in Australia has found that modern parenting schedules post-divorce show a greater sharing of parental responsibilities and richer paternal involvement than previously evident.

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‘State must support grandparent carers’, says YouGov poll

A nationwide poll has given a massive boost to grandparent carers, backing the case for giving them the same support as foster carers. This comes at a time when charities are concerned that new welfare reform proposals could penalise families taking on additional caring responsibilities.

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Scottish Government launches national parenting strategy

The Scottish Government has launched its national parenting strategy, which aims to provide Scotland's parents with easier and better access to information and support.

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Call for all Scottish foster carers to be paid

The Fostering Network has released the results of a recent survey, which shows that 90% of children living with foster families believe that their carers should be paid a wage or fee like staff in children's homes. Currently only around half of foster carers are paid anything at all.

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US Supreme Court to hear international custody case

The US Supreme Court is to hear an international custody case involving a Scottish woman and her American ex-husband, reports the Scotsman.

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Government’s vision to transform child maintenance system

The Government has unveiled detailed plans for the new and radically reshaped child maintenance system in Great Britain. There will be extra help for separated parents who want to support their children and new penalties for those who won't.

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