We represent parents and children in applications for Adoption and Placement Orders.
Adoption Order for a child
To make an adoption legal, you need to apply for an adoption court order. This gives you parental rights and responsibilities for the child. The child must have lived with you for at least 10 weeks before you can apply.
Once the order’s been granted the adoption becomes permanent, you get an adoption certificate – this will show the child’s new name and replaces the original birth certificate and the child has the same rights as if they were your own birth child.
The order also takes away parental responsibility from the child’s birth parent(s) and anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child.
Adopting a child you’ve been fostering
If you are planning to adopt a child you have been fostering you need to be reassessed and approved as adoptive parents.
Adopting a stepchild
If you are planning to adopt a stepchild, the child of your spouse or partner, you need to tell your local council. This has to be done at least three months before applying to a court for an adoption order. The child must also have lived with both of you for at least six months.
The court will ask your local council to provide a report on your partner, the child and the other birth parent. The report will be prepared by a social worker and will be used to help the court make a decision. If granted, the adoption court order gives you parental responsibility for the child – along with your spouse or partner.
The order also takes away parental responsibility from the child’s other birth parent and anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child. An adoption order cancels any other type of court order, eg how, and when, the child’s birth parent can visit the child.
Adopting a child from overseas
A child from overseas can be adopted if they can’t be cared for in a safe environment in their own country, the adoption would be in their best interests, the adopter has been assessed as eligible and suitable to adopt from overseas by an adoption agency in the UK.
If you want to adopt a child from overseas, you should contact either your local council or a voluntary adoption agency that deals with overseas adoption. The adoption process is similar to a UK adoption and will be done by a UK adoption agency.
There are several other steps, for example: the assessment will be sent to the overseas adoption authority and you will need to visit the child in their own country. The UK adoption agency will let you know what you need to do.
To see how Jordans Solicitors can represent you in your application order for adoption, call 0330 300 1103