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Family Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Family Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (5th edn)

Susan Heenan and Anna Heenan
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date: 21 February 2024

p. 1468. Adoptionlocked

p. 1468. Adoptionlocked

  • Susan HeenanSusan HeenanVisiting Fellow, University of the West of England Law Tutor, Cardiff University Visiting Lecturer, Exeter University
  •  and Anna HeenanAnna HeenanConsultant, Family Law Practice Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter focuses on adoption as a means to terminate the legal relationship between a child and their birth parents. It considers the human rights aspects of adoption and different types of adoption and discusses adoption proceedings in England and Wales under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. The chapter then explains the role of local authorities and adoption agencies under section 2 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, and placement for adoption, parental responsibility, and parental consent. It also highlights the welfare of children as considered by an adoption agency or a court when making a decision affecting the child. Finally, the chapter examines alternative orders: child arrangements order, parental responsibility, special guardianship order, and no order. This edition now includes reference to the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

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