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If a foster carer wishes to adopt a child in their care, and this is refused by the local authority, can the foster carer appeal this decision?

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Produced in partnership with Matthew Haynes of St Ives Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 25/04/2017

The following Family Q&A produced in partnership with Matthew Haynes of St Ives Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a foster carer wishes to adopt a child in their care, and this is refused by the local authority, can the foster carer appeal this decision?

If a foster carer wishes to adopt a child in their care, and this is refused by the local authority, can the foster carer appeal this decision?

The reasons for and nature of the refusal are not given, and the time for which the child has been with the foster carer is not specified. This Q&A poses whether the foster carer can ‘appeal’ this decision. However, the route for the foster carer would be to apply to the court for an adoption order under sections 49 and 51 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002

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