Child adoption law


Under child adoption law in the UK the following people can adopt: 

  • Married and unmarried couples
  • Gay and lesbian couples
  • All single individuals

A child must be under the age of 18 to be eligible for adoption. If that child is married or has been married, child adoption law prohibits them from being adopted.

Normally the legal parental responsibility of a child rests with their blood parents. However, when a child is adopted, the blood parents of that child no longer owe that child a parental responsibility. This responsibility is transferred to the child’s adopted parents.

Under child adoption law, there are circumstances in which local authorities can adopt children. If the local authority applies to court for an adoption order and it is granted, the parents of the child are no longer parentally responsible for the child. A child being adopted by a local authority is often referred to as a child being ‘put into care’. This is because courts make care or supervision orders in favour of the relevant local authority.

Child adoption law requires those wishing to adopt children to follow strict and often complex legal procedures. If you are wishing to adopt, it may be prudent to seek legal advice. Equally, if you are wishing to resist an adoption order being made, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. A legal advisor will be able to advise you any legal defences you may have to the adoption application.

If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on child adoption law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist family / child adoption solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local family / child adoption solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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