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Surrogacy: Ten things you should know

By Claire Wood, Lawyer, Kingsley Napley LLP Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but surrogacy remains a legal minefield in the UK. Surrogacy is an increasingly popular route to parenthood for gay couples, enabling them to have a child genetically connected to one of them. UK based couples should, however, be fully aware of the […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted.  However, there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers.  Thousands more people are needed to give these vulnerable children a secure and loving home and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers […]

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Foster carers needed in Hampshire

If you’ve thought about fostering before, or are just learning about it for the first time, there’s never been a more important time to foster. We urgently need more carers to look after children and young teens to help them achieve their full potential. With over 500 foster carers working with Hampshire County Council to […]

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YOU can foster

Becoming a foster carer is about providing a safe and caring home for a looked-after child; it’s not about sexuality, ethnicity or gender. Tamara and Sherwin are single gay carers in their 30s.  Neither of them can think of a time in their fostering experience when their sexuality has been an issue. Tamara has been […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

For the launch of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week  Barnardo’s is asking more people to consider putting themselves forward as potential foster parents – particularly for older children. More attention needs to be paid to the care of older, vulnerable, children. Nearly twelve thousand (43%) of all the children who entered care in England last […]

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Shortage of Foster Carers Must Be Addressed

There is a current shortage of just over 10,000 foster carers in the UK There are many reasons why children need to be ‘looked after’ by foster carers. Some families have periods of instability due to life issues i.e. medical conditions; depression; family breakdown; learning difficulties; substance dependency; and families struggling to cope. Other children […]

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A Bright Future

Anthony (33) and Lee (42) Bridges-Kidd, civil partners from Hertfordshire, began fostering in March 2011 and see a bright future ahead as they continue to look after children and young people in need of a safe and happy home. Both Anthony and Lee have worked in corporate environments that require patience, discipline and forward thinking […]

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TACT Fostering and Adoption

At first Allison was unsure about becoming a foster carer; “I did wonder whether we’d be picked to become carers. Even after we had been approved we wondered whether we would be accepted by others.” Fortunately Allison and her civil partner Debbie decided to go ahead and applied to become TACT foster carers; “I have […]

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Fostering with Bath & North East Somerset Council

The Family Placement Team is recruiting foster carers within or around the Bath & North East Somerset area. We are particularly interested in hearing from people willing to foster young people aged 11 plus as well as people who think they might be interested in fostering brothers and sisters so they can stay together. Our […]

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Where does this leave the children?

So, you and your partner have demonstrated your commitment to one another by forming a civil partnership. But if you are one of many couples who have children, where does a new civil partnership leave them? Your children may be biologically related to one parent, but have been raised from birth by you both; they […]

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PS/156/H – Police Community Support Officer

Vacancy Role – PCSO Department / Area – Local Policing Command Recruiting Force – Hertfordshire Constabulary Location – Forcewide Post […]

Force Control Room Controllers (Scale 4 bar 5 bar 6 or Police Constable)

Scale 4 bar 5 bar 6 or Police Constable Working in a pressurised and reactive environment, the job has a […]

Force Enquiry Centre Controllers (PC/Scale 4 bar 5)

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PC/Scale 4 bar 5 To be the first point of contact for all types of calls from the public and […]

Frantic Assembly’s Othello

Frantic Assembly’s Othello explodes onto the stage with this electrifying ninety-minute take on Shakespeare’s most brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy of […]

Reading Pride set for a musical 2014

Since the first Reading Pride festival in 2003 attendance has grown steadily year on year. In the festival’s inaugural year, […]

Blood and love in the trenches

It has been 100 years since the Great War tore Europe apart and devastated a generation. The war included every […]