The court can only make a Placement Order if:
- it has been proved that your child has suffered or is likely to suffer harm as a result of not being cared for properly (or being out of control) and
- it decides that being placed for adoption is the best thing for your child and
- you have either agreed to the order being made (and to your child being placed for adoption) or the court decides that your agreement is not needed because adoption is in your child's best interests.
This means that the court can make a placement order even if you don't agree. Sometimes it will make a placement order at the same time as making a final care order.