All about Adoption

Statistics for the year ending 31 March 2012 state that the care of 67,050 children in England rested with the local authority. In the 12 months leading up to this date, a mere 351 children were successfully adopted.

only 0.52% of England’s most vulnerable children were successfully re-homed, 2011-2012.

The Child

There are several important stipulations surrounding a child’s eligibility for adoption, including:

  • Both birth parents must agree to the adoption*
  • The child must be under the age of 18 at the outset of the adoption process
  • The child must not now be, nor have ever been, married or in a civil partnership

*Unless they cannot be found or are incapable of giving consent due to deteriorating mental or physical health

It is important to note that Parental Responsibility & The Law may be lawfully withdrawn should the parent(s) prove unable to maintain a suitable level of child care.

The Adoptive Parents

Potential adoptive parents must demonstrate the ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

To qualify, you can be:

  • Single/Married/in a Civil Partnership
  • The partner of one of the child’s parents
  • In an unmarried couple (same/opposite sex)

You will be required to:

  • Pass a full medical
  • Attend a series of preparation classes
  • Undergo a thorough police background check

Under current UK law, you must be aged 21 or over to adopt a child. There is no upper age limit.

Thinking of Adopting a Child?

We provide expert legal representation throughout the adoption process – we promise to go the extra mile in assisting you in your preparations to provide a happy home for a child in need.

For further information on child adoption law, and to find out if you may be eligible, contact our professional and efficient Family Law team today.