Our adoption solicitors have experience of advising local authorities adoption panels and adoption and permanency teams. They are experienced with all stages of the adoption process, from the child being received into care to the adoption order being made.
You may be a prospective adopter who wishes to apply to adopt a child placed with you by a local authority or you may be a step parent seeking an adoption order.
Many adoption applications are straightforward, however on occasions a birth parent may seek leave (permission) to oppose your adoption application by seeking to establish a change in their circumstances since the child's placement order was made. We can assist you to oppose the application.
If permission is granted and your adoption becomes a contested adoption we can advise and assist you throughout the court process.
The Children and Families Act 2014 implemented new provisions relating to post adoption contact. We can advise upon this.