Scottish Adoption Week is taking place this year from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November 2018. Adoption UK and Adoption & Fostering Alliance Scotland have been chosen by the Scottish Government to coordinate a series of events.
Adoption has evolved in Scotland over the years to keep up with changing societal views, family dynamics and relationships. It is the legal relationship created by an order of court between (an) adoptive parent(s) and a child which replaces the legal relationship with the child’s natural parents. It confers upon the adoptive parent(s) rights and responsibilities to allow them to make important decisions for the child. The legal framework is laid down in the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007.
There is a legal mechanism for adoption of step-children by step-parents as well as private adoption of other children.
Many individuals and families may be considering adoption of a child but may be unaware of the process for adoption and whether they would be considered suitable. Here are some common queries:
The adoption process usually commences by approaching an adoption agency. There are a number of practical and emotional considerations that require to be addressed before considering adoption. An adoption agency can assist in identifying and discussing these with prospective adopters. The approach of the courts to adoption, particularly in relation to whether a child should maintain direct contact with their natural parents upon adoption, has evolved and is an important consideration for some families.
The legal process of adoption can appear to be complex and lengthy. Brodies LLP has a team of Family Law solicitors with experience in providing guidance and representation to all those involved in adoption. Should you wish specialist legal advice on adoption, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.
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