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Adoption: The Modern Law 1st

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Caroline BridgeBarrister, and Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester, Heather Swindells

ISBN13: 9780853087625
ISBN: 0853087628
Published: May 2003
Publisher: LexisNexis Butterworths
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

The forthcoming Adoption and Children Act 2002 is aimed to promote the wider use of adoption, to improve performance of the adoption services and to place the needs of children at the centre of the adoption process. The Act will also reform the need for parental consent to adoption. This work explains the new legislation and sets it in the context of adoption law. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the law and practice in respect of inter-country adoptions.

Questions that are answered include: how will the principle that the welfare of the child is paramount affect adoption decision making?; what new duties will local authorities have with regards to adoption?; what are the new measures for placement for adoption and consent and placement orders?; and what is a special guardianship order?

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Family Law
Part 1
Background to the Adoption and Children Act: adoption - the historical perspective
the need for reform.
Part 2
Adoptions within the UK: welfare of the child
consent to adoption
placement for adoption
the making of adoption orders
post-adoption contact
access to information and confidentiality
adoption societies.
Part 3
International adoptions: international adoptions
inter-country adoptions
recognition of adoptions
illegal placements
transfers and transactions
practice and procedure.