Number of people looking abroad for "wombs for hire" trebles in five years in bid to avoid red tape

Number of people looking abroad for 'wombs for hire' trebles in five years in bid to avoid red tape Number of British couples registering children to foreign surrogates has almost trebled in the past five yearsWombs are typically hired for between 10,000 and 20,000Experts warned of the exploitation of poor women abroad | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Cherished: British couples who cannot have their own babies are looking more at foreign surrogacy as a way of starting a family (file picture) New figures have highlighted an increasing demand for 'wombs for hire' from foreign surrogate mothers. The research, published in The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, reveals how the number of couples registering children to foreign surrogates has almost trebled in the past five years.

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.

More than 100,000 migrants to undergo face-to-face interviews in attempt to end visa system "abuse"

More than 100,000 migrants to undergo face-to-face interviews in attempt to end visa system 'abuse' UK Border Agency launched pilot scheme last year to interview 'high-risk student visa applications'Theresa May said agency staff will interview 100,000 a year from April | UPDATED: 07:54 GMT, 13 December 2012 More than 100,000 migrants a year are to undergo face-to-face interviews when they apply for visas in an attempt to end rampant ‘abuse’ of the system. Labour abolished the interviews four years ago when they introduced a controversial points-based regime. Migrants were judged on application forms which included questions about their qualifications and financial arrangements.

The children waiting three years to be adopted: Youngsters enduring long waits despite Government attempts to reduce bureaucracy

The children waiting three years to be adopted: Youngsters enduring long waits despite Government attempts to reduce bureaucracy | UPDATED: 00:24 GMT, 1 December 2012 Battle: The adoption process is still too long-winded Children seeking adoption continue to languish in care for up to three years in some local authorities, official figures revealed yesterday. Delays mean that youngsters endure an average wait of almost 21 months despite Government attempts to reduce bureaucracy. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson yesterday warned the slowest councils they ‘must do better’.