Adoption

Adoption

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

Definition

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: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2002/38/contents


Good practice examples

Frequently asked questions on Nottingham City Council’s websitehttp://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=357

North Lanarkshire Council’s adoption and fostering web pageshttp://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3035

Devon’s guide to adoption http://www.devon.gov.uk/adoption.htm


Useful links

British Association of Adoption and Fostering http://www.baaf.org.uk/

Adoption UK http://www.adoptionuk.org/

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