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Adopting a child is one of the happiest and most fulfilling events in life, but often the process can be challenging and lengthy. Our knowledge in related areas of law, in particular care proceedings and international family law, gives us the advantage of having day to day experience of the wider context around adoption applications. We aim to make the process as straightforward as possible with the welfare of the child being our priority.

Your situation is unique

Adoption happens for many reasons including the inability to conceive biologically, or as a step-parent wishing to embrace your new partner’s children. Family circumstances, or the need to ensure a child’s safety, might prompt you to consider adopting a relative’s child or children. Additionally, you may want to offer a stable home to children in need of a family. 

Whatever the situation you or the prospective adoptive parent, or child are in, when it comes to rewriting of the legal ties for a child the law is understandably complex, and there are many safeguards built in for the protection of the child involved.

If you are considering adoption

If you are considering adoption, you must be 21 or over, and although your marital status does not affect your application, there are rules if you are adopting privately or are adopting looked-after children. You must also have a fixed and permanent home in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and have lived in the UK for at least a year before starting the application.

By taking on parental responsibility, an adoptive parent is required to provide a home for the child, offer protection and maintenance for the child as well as discipline and educate the child and agree the child’s medical treatment.

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