You may be a parent where the Local Authority are considering adoption for your child. You may be a family member, such as a sibling, grandparent , aunt or uncle and you are worried about a child being adopted.
You may wish for the court to hear your views and arguments about the adoption, before any final orders are made.
Relevant arguments could be: (This is not an exhaustive list)
- The child has siblings and you do not believe they should be split up.
- You believe the child is too old to be adopted. You worry about the effect on the child of being placed with a new family and have new parents.
- You are a parent and since the first set of court proceedings you have made a number of changes in your life. You would like to know whether there is a possibility of the child being returned home?
- There is a member of the family such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or other family member who can care for the child. They have not previously been assessed to care for the child.
- You feel the court needs to consider contact arrangements between the child and its family members, including siblings, parents and extended family before any decisions are made about adoption.
- You question whether it is better for the child to live in long-term foster care than with the adopters.
It is important that you seek advice at an early stage. Once a child is placed with potential adopters, the process can move very quickly.
If you are concerned about a child being adopted, book an appointment with one of our specialist Child Care Team on 01905 721600. We can go through your case and advise you on the process.