Five FAQs on adoption

 

Can anyone adopt a child?

Yes, as anti-discrimination laws have made it illegal to discriminate against anyone that could give a child a secure home. It is also a common mistake to think that single people can’t adopt. Single people, regardless of their sexual orientation, can apply to adopt a child. If you are unsure if your own personal circumstances make you a suitable candidate for becoming an adoptive parent, a family law solicitor will be able to advise you.

What is the first step in the adoption process?

A chain of adoption agencies handle all adoption applications. You should initially contact the adoption agency local to you. You will be sent an adoption pack that outlines in detail how the adoption process works. In addition, you will be asked to attend an informal meeting about your intentions to adopt. If you have any legal queries about the adoption process, a family solicitor can help.

Does my nationality have an impact on my ability to adopt?

Adoption law states that at least one of member of the couple looking to adopt must be a UK citizen, or have lived in the UK for at least one year prior to the formal application to adopt. If you’re unsure of your status as a UK citizen, contact a family solicitor for advice.

Is parental responsibility the same as adoption?

Parental responsibility is the legal term for the rights and obligations a parent has for their child under the law. When a person or couple adopts a child, they are granted parental responsibility for that child. This means they have the legal right to make important decisions on behalf of the child, such as decisions regarding health care, education and religious upbringing.

How can a solicitor help with my adoption?

Adopting a child can often be quite a complex process. For example, if a couple puts their child up for adoption, they could change their mind at any time during the adoption process, or your own personal circumstances could impact on your ability to adopt. In all these cases, the help of a family law solicitor will be invaluable.

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

Call
08001 221 2299
or fill in the form
Our trained advisor contacts you
Your chosen specialist solicitor calls you
Quick enquiry form
What our clients say about us
"I'm very happy with the service you have provided and with Caven. I have already recommended your website to my friends."

Carolina, Employment law, London, Aug 12
"Thank you so much for your recommendation. The solicitor suggested really interesting alternatives, and gave me moral support. I'm so glad I came across your website."

LR, Kingston, Nov 10
"We engaged the solicitor's services and everything has been fantastic. It was such a relief...I wish I had called you earlier and saved myself hours of calls!"

Jaye, Civil litigation, N. Yorks, Feb 13
"Having accepted referrals for several years through Caven, I have been most impressed by the quality of their leads and their professional approach."

AE, Manchester Solicitors, July 09
"I was offered unbiased and honest opinions from the firm you put me in touch with. I felt unpressured and this took a weight off my mind."

KS, Employment law, Oxford, July 12
"Caven's solicitors were fantastic and won me the compensation I was hoping for following my accident."

Tom F, PI, Edinburgh, March 09
"Sincere thanks for making things a lot easier for me and my family. When I contacted you initially I really didn't know where to start and was terrified by what costs might be involved."

TC, London, March 11
"Your service was very quick, easy to use and I got legal advice in a language I could understand. Superb service!"

RC, Bristol, July 11
"Initially I was sceptical about asking a question online (never having done that before) but would do it again and would recommend others do the same."

Pete Chambers, Feb 12
"Thanks for following up. We are going with and I'm very please with the way you have helped us. I will certainly recommend you to our clients."

John, Commercial property law, The City, May 13

We use cookies on the Caven site to help us improve it.

If you would like to allow our cookies, please click 'Continue' or carry on browsing. For more information on cookies and how to change your settings, click 'More info'.