An adoption order made by the court gives adopters legal parental status as if the child was born to them and ends the parental rights of the birth parents. To apply for an adoption order in England and Wales you must satisfy requirements in respect of your age, where you permanently live (known as habitual residence or domicile), and the length of time that the child has been living with you. Normally adopters are helped through the adoption process by their local authority however there are times when a case is not straightforward for one reason or another and in these circumstances our team can advise and represent you at all stages of the adoption process.

Post adoption

Our team can also provide advice and support to families once an adoption order has been made by the court in respect of all issues/problems that may arise after an adoption order has been made including post adoption contact matters, issues relating to post adoption support from the local authority and in circumstances where a placement has broken down.

International Adoption

As families become more and more international we find increasingly that parents are looking to international adoption or adoption orders being made in other countries to complete their families. The rules relating to international adoptions are complex and this is a highly specialist area of law which can involve complex immigration and regulatory issues.

We can advise:

• Parents who are living in this country and want to adopt a child from abroad
• Parents who are living or working abroad and want to adopt a child, either abroad or in the UK

Our specialist team can advise you clearly about the law and explain the strict rules and regulations that may apply to your situation. We have established strong relationships with immigration lawyers, local authorities and adoption agencies.

Top Tips for Intercountry Adoption

Goodman Ray were the instructed lawyers for the adopters on the leading cases in relation to the recognition of a foreign adoption order under English law:

Re R [2012] EWHC 2956 (Fam)
D-v-D (foreign adoption) [2008] 1 FLR 1475

We're an award winning UK Adoption Solicitors based in London & Brighton. For further information please contact one of our UK Adoption Solicitors.

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Jemma is the partner in the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care department. She specialises in and has exten…
Katrin joined the Adoption, Surrogacy and International Child Care Department in 2015. She specialises in cases concerning children
Hattie is a committed family solicitor with a particular interest in international children work…