The Children and Adoption Act 2006 will make profound changes to the rules governing adoption with a foreign element, says Simon Musannif

Part 2 of the Children & Adoption Act 2006 makes some significant changes to the law relation to inter-country adoption. These proposed changes have come in for a fair degree of criticism, not least because of a perceived lack of a proper public consultation. By way of summary, the Act:

(1) allows for the suspension of adoptions from countries where there are concerns about adoption practices;

(2) introduces the ability to charge fees to prospective adopters for services provided in relation to inter-country adoptions;

(3) simplifies local authority functions and procedures upon a child’s arrival into the country for the purpose of adoption; and

(4) tightens up the restrictions against bringing children into the...

Jean Yves


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