Are you a step-parent who wishes to legalise the relationship with your partner’s child? Have you been working with an adoption agency and now been matched with a child for adoption? Are you looking to adopt a child from abroad? Whatever your situation, we are here to help you realise your dream of growing your family.
Going through an adoption can be both an exciting and emotional time, but also a time with an unclear road ahead. The rules and procedures governing the granting of an adoption order are complex, and you may be looking for advice on the legal route involved. Whether you are in the early stages of considering adoption or you are further along in the process, our skilled adoption solicitors can advise you on the legal steps at each stage.
An adoption order replaces the legal relationship between a birth parent and a child with an equivalent legal relationship between an adoptive parent and that child. Whatever the circumstances and whoever is going through the process (whether it be persons not related to the child, step-parents, grandparents or other relations, single adopters, heterosexual or same sex couples), all adoptions must follow the same legal framework. Any decision about adoption is made in the best interests of the child or children. The process is, therefore, not taken lightly and can be complex and intensive.
In certain cases, prospective adopters can be approached about ongoing contact between a child and a birth parent, sibling or other relative. We are highly experienced in dealing with this emotive and specialist area of law, having had experience in advising both prospective adopters and local authorities. We can help with all the legal aspects of adoption, whether it be liaising with local authorities, Children’s Reporters and the Court. We will ensure the process is fully explained to you at every turn and answer such common questions as:
- Will my age, marital status, employment situation or sexual orientation be a relevant factor in the adoption process?
- How do I deal with permanence orders?
- What do I do if the birth parent does not want to sever ties with the child I would like to adopt?
- What do I do if my adoption order is opposed?
- What is the difference between adoption and kinship care?