Can adoption orders be revoked ?
Once made, adoption orders are final and cannot be revoked. However, a further adoption order can be made to remove parental responsibility from the adoptive parents.
There is one exception when it is possible to revoke an adoption order and this is where a child is adopted by one natural parent as the sole adoptive parent and then the child is legitimised by the marriage of his/her natural parents. Either parent can then apply to revoke the adoption order.
Questions & Answers
- Do I have to be a certain age to adopt?
- Who can apply for an adoption order?
- Which courts can deal with adoption proceedings?
- Who is a "Protected Child"?
- Does the child have to have been living with us first before we can start adoption proceedings?
- Does an unmarried father have any rights to stop the adoption of his child?
- Can adoption orders be revoked?