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What is Adoption?

Adoption is the legal process whereby an individual or couple becomes a child’s parent and are given full legal and parental responsibility even though they are not the child’s biological parents.

How does adoption occur?

The local authority can make a placement order or the child’s parents give up their care and consent to place the child for adoption.

An agency will assess whether you are suitable, there will be a full assessment which involves social worker visits, medical examinations, police checks and personal references.

Who can adopt a child?

You must be over 21 years old

Each Applicant must have been habitually resident in part of the British isles for a year and the sole Applicant or at least one of the couple must be domiciled there.

You must not have a criminal conviction or caution for offences against children or serious sexual offences.

Who can I adopt?

The person must be a child at the time of the Application. The child must not have been married or in a civil partnership

The child can be 18 during the proceedings and still be adopted provided the child is adopted before their 19th Birthday

What is the process of adopting a child?

You must go through an agency, it can be part of your local authority

There will be a full assessment of you ( and partner if there is one) involving

Social worker visits

Police checks

Medical checks


And need to attend preparation classes

What is a placement order?

There are certain events that occur where a child cannot live with their biological parents for example if the parents are neglectful or abusive, they have died, have medical problems. If the children are unable to return to their birth parents, the local authority will need to make a decision about where they should live and who should raise them.

If the local authority make a decision for the child to be adopted they will apply to the court for a placement order.

What is an adoption order?

The Adoption order removes parental responsibility from the biological parents and reassigns this to the prospective parents. The court must be satisfied that the prospective parents are the best option for the child. This will arise in four situations

Children who are subject of placement orders, usually I the context of care proceedings

Children being placed for adoption with parental consent, where there will usually not be any prior court proceedings; and

Private applications for adoption, for children living with the Applicants where the child was not placed by them by an adoption agency

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