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Adoption is potentially a route open to anyone, regardless of age, marital status, gender or sexual orientation.

The right legal advice and representation is critical to the success of the process. It is needed at court, but can also be vital to the long-term success of the adoption, such as by ensuring the local authority provides an appropriate post-adoption support package.

Adopting a child will probably be the most important step prospective parents ever take, so it’s vital you know your rights and responsibilities, to ensure the best outcome for everyone.

If you are considering building your family through adoption, you should first approach a local authority or an approved adoption agency to be assessed and approved as an adopter and be matched with a suitable child.

Once a child has been placed with you, we can help you apply to court for an adoption order. Once an adoption order is made, the adoptive parents become the child’s full, legal parents, and the birth parents lose all legal status in relation to the child.

How We Can Help

The adoption process is not straightforward but can be successfully navigated with the right support. We can:

  • Advise prospective adopters looking to adopt a child;
  • Apply for an adoption order through the courts;
  • Act in instances where the birth parents oppose the adoption;
  • Advise step-parents wishing to adopt their partner’s child.

The information above relates to adoptions in England and Wales. International adoptions are highly complex and need specialist advice. Please visit our separate page for further information on this area.

Next Steps

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our team, please email family@bishopandsewell.co.uk or contact 020 7631 4141 and ask to speak to our Forming Families team.

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