Child Care » Adoption

Adoption can be a life-altering step for both you and the child, whatever the circumstances.

You may be a step-parent seeking to adopt a child, or you may wish to adopt a child who has been placed with you by a local authority.  Either way, adoption requires careful consideration and correct legal procedures need to be followed.

We have an expert team of Child Care lawyers who can assist you with adoption processes, including advising local authority Adoption panels and Adoption and Permanency teams on your behalf.

Our Child Care team is very experienced in handling more complex adoption cases where, for example, an adoption application is challenged by a birth parent.  The team also has vast knowledge of advising and opposing adoption applications, including acting for you in court.

Our team includes lawyers who are members of the Family Law panel, Children panel, BAAF and NAGALRO.

Parents and children within care proceedings are eligible for funding through Legal Aid regardless of financial means.  Other family members may also qualify for Legal Aid, depending upon their circumstances.  Our Child Care team can advise you on this and arrange funding on your behalf.

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