Parents who want to adopt to get more say on choosing a child

Parents hoping to adopt will get more say on choosing a childOverhaul would see adoption process sped upParents would be able to choose child for first timePrime Minister backs scheme 'as a personal issue' | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 December 2012 Enlarge Overhaul: David Cameron wants to change the rules so parents who have been approved for adoption no longer have to wait months or even years for social workers to find them a child Would-be parents seeking to adopt will be given a greater say in choosing their child, under new proposals backed by the Prime Minister. David Cameron wants to overhaul the process so that parents who have been approved for adoption no longer have to wait months or even years for social workers to find them a child.

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act

Putin defends ban on Americans adopting Russian children seen as tit-for-tat move over US Magnitsky Act Vladimir Putin said he supports the ban which he said was 'appropriate' Putin said Magnitsky Act 'poisons relations' between two countries Assets of Russians accused of human rights abuse will be frozenLaw also planned to ban US citizens accused of abusing Russians' rightsAmnesty International criticises 'childish' response | UPDATED: 17:16 GMT, 20 December 2012 Support: Putin, speaking today at Moscow's World Trade Centre, said he backs the adoption ban President Vladimir Putin said he supports a ban on Americans adopting Russian children. Speaking today, the Russian president said the law, which is part of a new feud between the two countries, was 'appropriate'. It has been seen as a response to the US Magnitsky Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama last week, which will punish Russians accused of violating human rights by refusing them visas and freezing their assets in the United States.

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000

Child neglect allegations and adoption records sent to wrong people in blunders that cost councils 150,000Two councils mistakenly sent personal data out, including child neglect and criminal allegationsReport blames 'human error' and 'inadequate' checksPlymouth City Council and Devon County Council fined for errors | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 17 December 2012 Two local authorities have been fined for a series of blunders that saw sensitive child welfare documents sent to the wrong people, it has emerged. Allegations of child neglect against parents of four were sent to the wrong family because of an error by Plymouth County Council.

Long-lost sisters reunited after 55 years discover they are TWINS

Long-lost sisters reunited after 55 years discover they are TWINS Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards, both 64, were separated at birthThey had no knowledge of each other until Jenny tracked down her birth mother after being given up for adoption DNA tests confirmed they were non-identical twins | UPDATED: 20:02 GMT, 6 December 2012 Long-lost sisters, who were reunited after 55 years apart, have discovered that they are in fact twins, separated at birth. Jenny Lucas and Helen Edwards, both 64, had no knowledge of each other after Jenny was given up for adoption until she tracked down her birth mother in 2003. When the pair met, they assumed they were half-sisters but were regularly surprised by their similarities such as the way they held their coffee cups and they would often go to call each other at the same time