Whether your child can be adopted even if you don't agree

Your child can only be adopted if the court makes an Adoption Order. This order can only be made if:

  • You agree to your child being adopted or you have formally given advanced consent to adoption or a court has made a Placement Order for your child, and
  • Your child has been living with the prospective adopters for at least 10 weeks and they have asked the court for an adoption order, and
  • A judge decides that it is best for your child to be adopted and makes an Adoption Order.

If you do not agree to your child being adopted and there has been a change in circumstances since the placement order was made, there is a very slim possibility you may be able to argue that your child should not be adopted, but you would need the court's permission before you could do this.

If your child's social worker tells you that your child's prospective adoptive parents are applying for an adoption order and you do not agree with this, you should see a solicitor or call Family Rights Group advice line immediately.


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