Adoption Orders

An adoption order will allow you to take a child permanently into your home, bring them up as your own and legally become their parent. It confers on you parental responsibility and extinguishes the parental responsibility of all people who previously held it. An adoption order will therefore permanently sever ties between a child and their biological parents and family.

In order to obtain an adoption order, you must firstly go through a lengthy approval process with an adoption agency or with a local authority and have a child matched and placed with you for a certain length of time. An application for an adoption order can then be made, which starts the formal legal court proceedings.

If you are involved in adoption proceedings or would like to apply for an adoption order, it is in your best interests to seek professional legal advice. At Cartwright King, we take a non-judgemental, professional approach to our client’s cases and acknowledge your right to legal representation. Our acclaimed Child Care solicitors are available to put your mind at ease by supporting you through the legal proceedings and representing you in court if the need arises.

Free initial telephone consultation

Everyone has the right to advice if they are dealing with child care issues and adoption orders. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you and our highly skilled Child Care team are here to take the worry off your hands.

We will happily provide an initial free telephone consultation to discuss your situation in more detail and if you are happy to proceed with our services, you will either be quoted an estimated or a fixed fee on a private fee paying basis or, if legal aid is available, you will be assessed for that. Our fees will be dependent on a variety of factors such as what your case entails and the duration of your case. Please feel free to call us for a no obligation quote. Please feel free to contact us for a no obligation quote on 0808 168 5550 or email

What is an Adoption?

An adoption order gives parental rights for the child to the adoptive parents and extinguishes parental rights for anyone that previously had them. In order to obtain an adoption order, an application to Court needs to be made in order to start the legal process of adoption. Adoption provides a new family for a child when that child is unable to be brought up by their own family. It is considered to be a permanent decision and only in extremely rare circumstances can it be reversed. Once a child is adopted, they are made a permanent member of their new family. All legal ties to the child’s birth family are severed.

In the UK alone, thousands of children need adoptive homes each year from a wide variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. Some children are part of a sibling group. Some children that need adopting are disabled or have significant health needs. Some will be children that have been removed from abusive or neglectful situations and as a result will present with some challenging behaviours.

We also cover International Adoption Orders. For more information, please contact our Child Care department who will be happy to explain further.

Am I eligible to adopt?

You can adopt if you are single and aged 21 years or more or, if you are part of a couple, one person is aged 18 or over and the other aged 21 or over. You do not have to be married and your sexuality does not matter. There is no upper age limit.

In England, the 2013 Adoption Statutory Guidance gives a clear framework for all the complex issues for adoption proceedings. All persons looking to adopt will have medical examinations and any of their health issues assessed. Disabled people will not automatically be disqualified from adoption; in some cases having the experience of disability is positively welcomed, especially in circumstances where the child will have a similar experience.

Those with a criminal record will be considered although that will be assessed as part of the process to ensure their suitability as a candidate. Anyone from any religion or ethnic origin can adopt if they so wish to.

Any child adopted will have their own identity, health, emotional, cultural and developmental needs that adoption services will ensure are supported by prospective adoptive parents. This is to ensure the child is brought up in an environment that reflects and promotes their religious, ethnic and cultural identity.

Challenging Adoption Orders

Prior to obtaining an adoption order the child is required to live with the prospective adopted parents through a placement order. A placement order is an order granted in favour of a Local Authority and allows it to place a child with a prospective, matched, adoptive family. Parents have the legal right to challenge placement orders being made which must be done through the family Court.

Only after a child has been successfully placed with an adoptive family in this way for a set period of time, can an application for an adoption order be made. Again, parents have the right to defend an application for an adoption order.

Adoption orders are usually final and permanent. However, they can be appealed and in rare circumstances can be discharged. If you would like to discuss this with one of our child care experts, please contact us.

How can we help you?

In a situation where you are considering adoption or are challenging adoption orders, it is imperative you get legal advice on the matter. If you or somebody you know is going through the adoption process, our experienced Child Care solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process to adhere to the procedure and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:

  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Treat your case in a non-judgemental, sensitive manner
  • Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
  • Represent you in court where necessary
  • Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Prepare an appeal if necessary

Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending family matters, with our acclaimed Child Care solicitors who are renowned for their professional approach.

Why Choose Us?

Our Child Care department fully understand the broad area of law that surrounds an adoption order and adoption cases and the complexities that can be associated with them. Additionally, if there are genuine grounds for an appeal, our solicitors will advise on what actions to take in order to build the strongest case possible.

If you feel that you have the grounds for a case, please contact us as soon as possible and we will be available to guide you through the legal proceedings.

How to make contact

If you require legal advice about an Adoption Order, if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550.

Alternatively you can email the Child Care team on and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our Child Care Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

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