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This podcast is aimed at family practitioners, primarily those with an interest in children’s law. It explores the legal framework and key restrictions on the ability to place children with adoptive parents and discusses a number of recent cases in which the courts have had to grapple with issues such as suitability, residence restrictions and the circumstances in which a placement order might be revoked.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the relevant background to the legislative framework for adoption;
  • Be aware of the relevant restrictions on moving children outside of the UK?;
  • Be aware of the recent case law which demonstrates how the restrictions in s84 and s85 might be got around;
  • Understand whether the perception there is an over adherence to suitability criteria for prospective adopters is accurate, some recent case law on suitability and what might be done about law adoption rates;
  • Be aware of some recent cases on placement orders by local authorities?;
  • Understand the extent to which the views of prospective adopters relevant when it comes to contact orders with birth families;
  • Understand some recent interesting decisions on applications for leave to revoke a placement order;
  • Be aware of some recent authority on the circumstances in which the court will feel it appropriate to revoke an adoption order.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Adoption and Children's Act 2002 ss 84, 85;
  • Adoption (Designation of Overseas Adoptions) Order 1973;
  • Adoptions with a Foreign Element Regulations 2005;
  • Re G (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 105;
  • Children Act 1989 Sch. 2 para. 19;
  • T & M v OCC & C [2010] EWHC 964;
  • Hofstetter v London Borough of Barnet and IRM [2009] EWHC 3282 (Admin);
  • EH v London Borough of Greenwich [2010] EWCA Civ 344;
  • McG v Neath County Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 821.

This podcast reviews the legal framework for placing children for adoption. Firstly looking at the cross-border rules for 'exporting' children to live abroad and 'importing' children to adoptive parents in the UK. It then goes on to review a number of recent cases on the courts' and local authorities' role in placing children in the UK.

Podcast added: 13/02/12

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