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Child law update

Pauline Fowler and Alison Burt scrutinise: Adoption and Children Act 2002; the position of step-parents in adoption; intercountry adoption; increasing adoption; amendments to the Children Act; the Victoria Climbié Report; unknown perpetrator cases; guardians; and managing public law cases

9 May 2003

Private law

Adoption and Children Act 2002
The Adoption and Children Act 2002 received the Royal Assent on 7 November 2002 after a lengthy passage through Parliament. Commencement orders have brought some provisions – notably some concerning overseas adoptions and others relating to registered adoption societies – into force already, with more to follow on 1 June this year and the balance planned for later this year and in 2004.
The Act encompasses major changes to adoption legislation, some 26 years after the Adoption Act 1976, but Part 2 of the new Act also makes some significant amendments to the Children Act 1989. Additionally, the Act incorporates many of the measures of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999, the Act that enabled the UK to ratify the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. The 1999 Act will largely be repealed for England and Wales when th...

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