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Making Sense of the New Adoption Law

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Nick AllenLecturer in Family Law, Nottingham Trent University

ISBN13: 9781903855317
ISBN: 1903855314
Published: August 2003
Publisher: Russell House Publishing
Format: Paperback
Price: £16.95



The Adoption and Children Act 2002 has the effect of recasting the whole of adoption law in England and Wales. According to the Government, the Act will be ""of lasting significance to thousands of children and their new families"". It creates ""an essential framework to safeguard the welfare of the child and support adoptive families"" and ""will help to ensure that the adoption service is fairer and more efficient"".;This new legislation, however, is far more detailed and complex than what went before. Furthermore, its passage through Parliament was attended by far more controversy. The new law has taken more than ten years to finalise and throughout this period a wide variety of forceful opinions on adoption have been expressed. This book seeks to explain the various controversies and place them in a wider social and political context. It considers the validity of the Government's bold assertions by analysing the Act's elaborate adoption provisions.

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Contents:
Origins and themes; the legal effects of adoption; openness in adoption; providing an adoption service; adoption agencies and adoption support agencies; domestic baby adoption; the adoption of looked after children; non-agency domestic adoption; eligibility to adopt; assessment of adopters; adoptions with a foreign element; access to information after adoption; appendix - special guardianship orders.