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Bromley's Family Law

Bromley's Family Law (11th edn)

Nigel Lowe and Gillian Douglas
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date: 21 March 2023

19. Adoption and Special Guardianshiplocked

19. Adoption and Special Guardianshiplocked

  • N V LoweN V LoweProfessor of Law, Cardiff University
  •  and G DouglasG DouglasProfessor of Law, Cardiff University


This chapter discusses the law on adoption. It covers the nature of adoption and background to the legislation; comparison of adoption with other legal relationships and orders; adoption and human rights; the changing pattern of adoption; responsibility for placing children for adoption; general principles when reaching decisions about adoption; adoption service under the Adoption and Children Act 2002; placement for adoption; the procedure for the making of adoption orders; contact considerations; registration of adoption and the adoption contact register; the effects of an adoption order; transfer of parentage; offences; and special guardianship.

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