Under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, the parents of a child given up for adoption must give their consent to their child being adopted, unless the local authority is satisfied that the child has no parents or guardians with Parental Responsibility.
Placement Orders are issued by the family courts and authorise a local authority to put a child up for adoption with suitable prospective parents. Adoptive parents must apply for a Placement Order via the local authority before they can apply for an Adoption Order.
For a Placement Order to be granted by the family court, a child must already be the subject of a Care Order – and the placement order will remain in place unless it is revoked by the court or the child is adopted, or until the child reaches the age of 18, or marries before the age of 18.
Once granted, the Placement Order will enable the child to live with their prospective parents – and the adoptive parents will assume Parental Responsibility.
Duncan Lewis can advise parents who wish to adopt on the legal procedures – including help with preparing an application for a Placement Order so that your adopted child can live with you.
Duncan Lewis adoption lawyers have a successful track record in advising clients on adoption – and Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial work. The Duncan Lewis adoption team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and members of the Law Society Children Panel, so our team is well placed to help you with any adoption issues, including applying to the family court for a Placement Order.
Duncan Lewis adoption lawyers offer a fixed fee for an initial client interview and assessment of a private child matter involving adoption and Placement Orders.
After a case has been assessed, it is usually possible for a fixed fee arrangement to be put in place – and Duncan Lewis will always advise clients of the costs in advance.
For expert legal advice on all child adoption matters – including Placement Orders – contact Duncan Lewis Adoption Lawyers on 020 7923 4020.