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A child who is adopted becomes a legal member of his or her new family and stops being a member of his or her birth family. The concept of adoption stretches back to the Old Testament where there were stories of a child joining a family other than his or her own.
Given what occurs when an adoption takes place, the rewriting of the legal ties for a child, the law is understandably complex and there are many safeguards built in for the protection of the child(ren) involved.
We are experienced in assisting people with adopting children within the jurisdiction (England and Wales) as well as from outside. Adopting from outside of England and Wales is now a highly-specialised area and modern adoptions that are not undertaken properly could result in criminal prosecution or a breach of the immigration laws. Not being aware of the law may have unexpected and disastrous consequences.
Here at Anthony Collins Solicitors, we have over 30 years of experience of adoption case and are recognised as leaders in this field. Such is our expertise that we have been appointed by the Court on a number of matters involving adoptions to represent the children involved in said adoptions, both in the UK and, often, from abroad. Recent experience includes adoptions in Nigeria, Pakistan, Norway, India and the USA.
How we can help you with legal services surrounding adoption?
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, you will get a service tailored to your specific needs. This is at all stages, from setting out and considering whether adoption is the right way for you to add to your family, through the assessment process at the local authority, to the legal minefield of adopting a child who has been made subject to a Placement Order in favour of an adoption agency or whether it is a private adoption.
We appreciate that often you will receive support from the adoption agency or your assessing social worker. This support should not be taken in isolation and it is always helpful in these matters to obtain specialist independent legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Through our experience in assisting not only adopters but being appointed by the court to assist children, we have a unique viewpoint in that we are able to see adoptions from all angles and from all situations that invariably present themselves in court. This is particularly the case whereby the adoption itself may become contested by birth parents and/or issues arise surrounding packages of support around the adoption.
Our family team is recognised for its excellence by the Legal 500 where we are ranked as a Tier 1 firm in the West Midlands and we are highly-ranked in Band B by Chambers & Partners. We are the only firm with a dedicated children’s team to be ranked this highly by both directories. We have spoken at conferences regarding adoption all over the country, including delivering training to government agencies on the law, and appeared in all levels of court, including the High Court. Several of the solicitors in our dedicated children’s law team have a specialist accreditation by the Law Society, for their knowledge and experience in acting for clients in children’s proceedings. These cases that we deal with frequently include issues of adoption so we have the necessary expertise to represent you to a successful outcome and to be able to advise you of potential pitfalls and negate them along the way.
In very rare cases, legal aid is available to carry out an adoption. You can read our leaflet about legal aid here. If you think you may qualify for legal aid then please do call us so that you can speak to a Duty Solicitor who will be able to advise you further.
If you would like further information about adoption or how our family law team can help you, please get in touch.
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