posts related to: Adoption


Your top ten parental leave questions answered

We answer your most common questions about your rights and legal entitlements as a working parent. What is parental leave? The right to parental leave came into effect on 15 December 1999. It enables parents, including adoptive parents, who have children under the age of 5, to take a maximum of 13 weeks unpaid leave…

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Instant mums : adoption : Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, the celebrated daughter of Midnight Cowboy John Voight and famed for her off-the-wall behaviour, became a mum when she adopted baby Maddox on March 11, 2002. Ideal mother? When Angelina married Brit star Jonny Lee Miller in 1999, she waltzed down the aisle wearing a white shirt adorned with Jonny’s name written in…

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Shortage of adoptive families

It’s National Adoption Week, but families willing to take on a child are currently in short supply, say campaigners. Five thousand children in the UK alone need a new home each year, but many are left spending too long in temporary care due to the shortage of adoptive families willing to offer a permanent loving residence. In fact,…

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Adoptive Parents to be allowed paid leave

Parents who adopt children are set to receive new rights to take paid leave. Ministers are preparing moves to give adoptive parents leave paid at the equivalent rate to maternity pay. Until Labour came to power adoptive parents had no right to any leave, but they can now take 13 weeks unpaid time off. However, local authorities only…

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Calista Flockhart adopts baby Liam

Calista Flockhart, the ever-shrinking star of Ally McBeal, embraced motherhood in 2000, when she adopted baby Liam. Ideal mother? Flockhart, who regularly put in punishing 17 hour days on the set of hit TV lawyer drama Ally McBeal, was rushed to hospital suffering from nervous exhaustion just one month before the arrival of baby Liam…

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Instant mums : Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone, the risqué actress and purveyor of old-style Hollywood glamour, adopted a baby in 2000 with her husband, newspaper executive Phil Bronstein. Ideal mother? Best known for revealingly crossing her legs in the thriller Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone has made what can only be described as ‘interesting’ career choices, choosing to star in the…

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