International adoption is becoming more widespread among couples and single people who wish to give a loving and stable home to a child.
International adoption may involve sourcing and adopting a child who is without parents and is being raised in a children’s home – or may also involve adopting the child of a family member if you or your partner were born outside the UK.
International adoption will involve scrutiny by the authorities in the country where the child is being raised – as well as in the UK, to ensure that the adopting parent(s) is able to provide for the child emotionally and financially.
Some children may need extra support if they have had an unsettled start in life – while others may have a learning disability or physical disability that an adoptive parent needs to be able to understand and support.
There are eligibility criteria for adoptive parents – but in the UK, no one can be discriminated against or turned down for adoption on the grounds of sexuality, age, disability, race, religion, marital status or employment.
Applications to adopt a child from overseas can be made through a UK or international adoption agency – but a fee may be charged by the Department for Education (DfE) for processing the application and this is means tested according to salary, with no fee for prospective adoptive parents with salaries of £25,000 or less.
The process of international adoption can be emotionally challenging – and once you have found a child to adopt and welcome into your life, the fact that your child is overseas and you are separated from them can make it even more emotionally charged.
If you are considering international adoption, it is crucial to seek expert advice from a family solicitor with expertise in international adoption and UK immigration law, to help guide you through the legal processes and practicalities of adopting a child from overseas.
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading family solicitors, with extensive expertise in family and child care matters, including advising clients on international adoption.
Our child care team offers sensitive and practical advice on international adoption – and Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading experts in immigration law, so can help ensure that your child’s right to enter the UK established without any legal barriers.
Our staff speak 70 languages between them and Duncan Lewis has a network of affiliates overseas, so our adoption lawyers are well placed to advise on international adoption in different jurisdictions.
Duncan Lewis advises heterosexual couples, same sex couples and single parents on international adoption – including advising on adopting children from family members or extended family who live overseas.
Duncan Lewis family solicitors offer an initial client meeting with a fixed fee for legal advice on international adoption.
Once the details of a case have been assessed it is usually possible to offer a further fixed fee scale, which clients will be advised of in advance.
Duncan Lewis always recommends clients to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss international adoption, so that all the necessary legal agreements can be put in place as efficiently and quickly as possible, enabling you to focus on the practicalities in an informed and supportive environment – and get on with planning your family’s future.
For expert legal advice on International Adoption, call Duncan Lewis Family Solicitors in confidence on 020 7923 4020.