The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption: Ethics and Human Rights – An Enquiry

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley & Hall and a specialist in adoption was invited to the launch of a report on “The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption: Ethics and Human Rights [...]

When adopters know best!

Sometimes a potential solution to a child’s problems can seem blindingly obvious to a parent. Adele’s is one such story. She had been placed with Henry and Jane when she was almost 4 and she had [...]

Nigel Priestley shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement Award

Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley & Hall Solicitors has been shortlisted for as one of five finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award at National Adoption Week Awards. The National [...]

New Year Resolution for Adopters – Make a Will!

I sat with Alison as we talked about her 19 year old son. She was in despair about his behaviour and the way he was treating her and her husband. He had been adopted at 6 years old but his [...]

Adoptive Parents and the Misuse of Section 20

What do adoptive parents do when they realise they simply can’t continue caring for their damaged adopted child? They turn to the local authority for help. Too often the local authority places [...]