The process of becoming an adoptive parent is particularly complex and there are several types of adoption application that you could make. By adopting a child you will be granted all the legal rights, duties and responsibilities a parent has in relation to their child as though you were their parent from birth.
Before making any order relating to adoption, the court must consider the effect upon the child throughout his or her life of becoming an adopted person. It is one of the most important decisions a court can make. A child’s relationship with their birth family is ultimately severed and the birth parents will no longer hold parental responsibility for them.
You may hear the term forced adoption, often used by parents who have had a child, or are at risk of having a child, placed for adoption without their agreement. It is a both traumatic and painful experience. Parents who are in this situation will need skilled legal representation. Our team are accredited Children Panel lawyers, recognised by The Law Society for their expertise in cases involving children. We will ensure the Court has all the relevant information before it makes a decision based on the best interests of your child and will argue passionately on your behalf to keep your family together.
The United Kingdom is one of only two EU countries that allows non consensual adoption. For non UK resident parents in particular, this process can seem brutal and confusing. We are experienced in working with families from different countries who are faced with the prospect of their child being placed for adoption in the United Kingdom. Our team have the skills and knowledge to know when it is ‘necessary’ for cultural specialists to become involved and have been successful when persuading the court that their input is invaluable in the decision making process.
The court will always consider adoption without the parents’ consent to be a last resort. We can help put your case to the court and, if justified, argue that your child could safely be returned home. If having heard all the evidence, the Court does not agree, we will have already discussed your options with you so that you can make an informed decision. That will invariably be to consider alternative family members who could care for your children.
If you are a parent, grandparent, or extended family member facing the likelihood of a related child being placed for adoption, you should contact us immediately on 03300 245750.