Adoption and foster care

Adoption and foster care guidance:

General Adoption applications generally arise in three situations: • when children are the subject of placement orders, usually in the context of care proceedings, see...

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Principles With the abolition of the power to apply for freeing orders, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002) introduced a framework for authorising the placement...

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Chapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities to consider additional general needs, known as principles,...

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Planning for adoption and contact The issue of contact must be addressed in the social worker’s permanency report and also by the agency decision-maker. In the rare cases...

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The general principles about adoption are contained in section 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002). They variously apply to a court, an adoption agency, or...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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This Practice Note distinguishes between English and Welsh law, which are quite different in many ways, in both statute and regulations, while setting out areas of law...

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The statutory provision regarding privately fostered children is contained in the Part IX of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). The English regulatory provision is...

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What is the definition of a relinquished child? There is no legal definition of a relinquished child. However, in practice the term refers to a situation where the...

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Adoption and Children Act 2002, s 19 (ACA 2002) governs parental consent to children being placed for adoption with prospective adopters. ACA 2002, s 20 governs advance...

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What is the purpose of a staying put arrangement? The 'staying put’ arrangements contained in section 23CZA of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) provide a statutory...

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