There are many different reasons why couples may decide on international adoption – but whatever the circumstances, it is crucial to take expert legal advice from a specialist international adoption lawyer in order to navigate the legal aspects of international adoption and make sure your child’s adoption goes smoothly.
International adoption in the UK is covered by several pieces of legislation, including the Adoption and Children Act 2002, as well as the Adoption Order 1973 and the 1993 Hague Convention.
There are also 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.
In other countries the rules on international adoption may be different, however – and Duncan Lewis adoption lawyers will be able to advise further on this at the initial client meeting, as it is likely the adoption process will take place in the country where your adopted child is based.
Duncan Lewis adoption lawyers can advise couples, same sex couples and single men and women on international adoption, including:
An adoption agency or the local authority may be involved in international adoption – and there will also be immigration procedures to go through before an adopted child can enter the UK with you.
If a child from overseas has been abandoned by their parents or family, it will also be necessary to advise the parents or family of any intention to adopt the child, if they are still living.
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.
Parents who go through international adoption can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the legal procedures involved – adopting a child is usually a highly emotional as well as joyful experience and having the support of a specialised adoption lawyer with experience in international adoption can relieve parents of some of the stress and uncertainty involved in the adoption process.
Duncan Lewis adoption lawyers have a successful track record in advising clients on international adoption – Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading family solicitors, with extensive expertise in family and child care matters.
Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel.
Duncan Lewis is also one of the UK’s leading experts in immigration law, so can help ensure that your child’s right to enter the UK with you is 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 adoption lawyers offer an initial interview 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 adoption lawyers in confidence on 020 7923 4020.