February 13th, 2012

Adoptions in UK: real father adopts his natural son

The story is about character A and character B who have a child. Character A doesn't know that character B (the woman) is pregnant and doesn't know that she gave their child into adoption.
After sixteen years, the son meets the mother who tells him that character A is his father.
If the son is in foster care and character A has never been recognized by the character B as the father of their son is it possible for character A to adopt his son?
Is it possible to recognize character A as the natural father with a DNA test? Is it legal? And how long are the procedures of permanently adopting the son?

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Looking for discussion of "evil tool" vs. "Use of tool as evil"

Finding nothing. Have used search terms "tool evil vs. use of tool" "use of tool vs. tool" "Evil use vs. innate evil of tool" and can find nothing at all.

I'm pretty sure this is a philosophical debate I'm just not sure how to find - but if anyone can point me in the direction of either better searches or a source that I can use to make arguments about the nature of evil (like "gun not evil, use of gun evil), I'd be ever so appreciative!

Thanks!
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Day-to-day life in a Japanese elementary school (specifically small town)/blindness accommodation?

So I have a kid character who's been homeschooled/informally taught before moving to a small town in Japan. She's noticeably not Japanese and hasn't had any introduction to the culture, though she's been taught the language and is conversationally fluent. She's about nine or ten years old.

I already know she's going to hate chopsticks with a passion at first, and the strictness of the school schedule.

Thing is, I don't have a clear idea of what that schedule is. I've tried Googling "typical day in Japanese elementary school", "Japanese elementary school curriculum" and "Japanese elementary school schedule". I've also looked up the Wikipedia pages for Japanese education and Japanese elementary schools. These provide overviews, but not enough details for me to feel comfortable writing.

So I need some tips, advice, and minutiae. An idea of a typical day? Little things that might cause her to stumble? Things to keep in mind on this topic in general?

And one more thing: She's blind (only has a vague sense of her surroundings being light/dark). What sort of accommodations might be given, and could any of those possibly create any other little stumbling blocks?

(This is actually not for an original work; if anyone happens to know the specific character and context that would be of more help, but generic info is perfectly fine.)

EDIT: I think I may have enough to write with now, but if anyone sees something other people missed or want to add something anyway, feel free! More info is always better!

Speech impediments with a Glasgow grin

I've got a character who was kidnapped as a child and disfigured with a very nasty Glasgow grin. He escaped when he was about 16, and pretty much had it re-carved every time he had a noticeable growth spurt. I'm wondering what kind of effect this would have on his speech, since he's practically missing both of his cheeks (but his lips are in-tact; drawing after cut). For some reason when trying to think this out I'm imaging that he'd have trouble making 'w' and 'o' sounds, among others, but that's more from just miming words with my mouth and seeing what kinds of sounds need cheek puffing/exhaling/what have you.

I've looked through the torture tag and a couple medicine ones and came up with nothing.

Not sure on the setting, really, maybe 1980's France? He's rather contemporary.

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Governesses in the nineteenth century

In my story, set circa 1825, I have an impoverished, well educated, well born young lady forced to take up employment. I'm making her into a governess. I have detailed information about salary, social position and duties, but one thing that I haven't been able to discern is how somebody went about advertising their services as a governess.

In Jane Eyre, Jane places an advert and is contacted by the family. Was this normal procedure? Other servants could be hired via agencies that specialised in finding household staff. Were there reliable agencies for governesses? I have one (unsubstantiated) mention of unreliable agencies on this website, but there are no names mentioned.

In modern times, the magazine The Lady is often used as a means of finding reliable domestic help for rich families. Was there an early nineteenth century eqivalent?

I've looked at various articles brought up in Google searches from victorianweb and other historical websites based on search terms such as 'governess agencies nineteenth century' and 'how were governesses employed in the nineteenth century'.

Many thanks to anybody who can help.