Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: Adoption, Children's Services |


Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents. The adoptive parents take on the legal responsibility for the child, and the child becomes a full member of a new family, usually taking the new family name. Once an adoption order has been granted, it cannot be reversed except in extremely rare circumstances. Adoption means that an adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parents and becomes a full member of their new family, usually taking the family’s name. Links with the birth family may be maintained.

Policies and legislation

Adoption and Children Act 2002:

Good practice examples

Frequently asked questions on Nottingham City Council’s website

North Lanarkshire Council’s adoption and fostering web pages

Devon’s guide to adoption

Useful links

British Association of Adoption and Fostering

Adoption UK

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