International adoption involves adopting a child from overseas who is without parents or is being raised in a children’s home. It can also involve adopting the child of a family member if you or your partner were born outside the UK.
We assist in adoption matters that involve:
It is crucial to seek expert legal advice in order to navigate the legal aspects of international adoption and ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
International adoption is a complex procedure that involves heavy scrutiny from both the authorities of the child’s country of origin and the UK authorities to ensure that those adopting are able to provide for the child emotionally and financially. International adoption in the UK is covered by several pieces of legislation including the Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Adoption Order 1973, and the 1993 Hague Convention.
There is eligibility criteria for adoptive parents, however in the UK, nobody can be discriminated against or turned down for adoption on the grounds of sexuality, age, disability, race, religion, marital status or employment. Rules and regulations in other countries may differ largely from those in the UK; our solicitors can advise further on the adoption process in the child’s country of origin.
Applications to adopt a child from overseas can be made through either a UK or an international adoption agency. A fee may be charged by the Department for Education for processing the application, 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. It is important to remember that some children may need additional support and that others may have a learning disability or physical disability that an adoptive parent needs to be able to understand and support. If you are considering international adoption, it is crucial to seek expert advice from a family solicitor with experience in international adoption and UK immigration law, to help guide you through the legal processes and practicalities of adopting a child from overseas.
Our international family law solicitors have a successful track record in advising clients on international adoption matters. Our team works closely with our immigration department to ensure that your adopted child’s right to enter the UK is established without any legal complications.
The Duncan Lewis Family department is ranked by The Legal 500 for its Family and Matrimonial work and includes members of both the Law Society Family Advanced Panel and the Law Society Children Panel.
Collectively, our staff can speak over 60 languages and our international family solicitors have a network of affiliates overseas, making us well placed to advise on international adoption in different jurisdictions.
Duncan Lewis offers both fixed fee and hourly rates of payment on all international family law matters. A solicitor will advise further in relation to fees and which payment method is appropriate once a case is assessed.
We recommend clients 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 as possible, ensuring you are able to focus on the practicalities in an informed and supportive environment. For expert legal advice on international adoption, contact Duncan Lewis International Family Law Solicitors in confidence on 033 3772 0409.