Age of the Child to be adopted
To be adopted a child must be under 18 and never have been married.
Where the applicant or one of them is a parent, step-parent or relative and the child has been placed by an adoption agency or as a result of a High Court Order, then the order cannot be made unless the child has lived with at least one of the applicants for at least 10 weeks before the adoption order is made.
In the case of a step-parent adoption or adoption by the partner of a natural parent the child must have been living with the applicant or one of them for at least 6 months.
- Adoption Law
- The Adoption & Children Act 2002
- Methods of Adoption
- Adoption Agencies
- Placement Orders
- Adoption Order
- Conditions to Adoption
- Sole Applicants
- Age of the Child
- Illegal Adoption Placements
- Notification to Local Authority
- Applying for Adoption Orders
- Removal of a Child to be Adopted
- Registration of Adoption Orders
- Inter-Country Adoptions
- Links & Addresses