Solicitors in Essex & London
For those who wish to grow their family through adoption, the adoption process can be a hugely daunting prospect. Our specialist Tier 1 Legal 500 family team have experience in helping families through every step of the journey. We can offer the right guidance and advice throughout the process from initial legal advice to advice relating to the post adoption support you should receive.
The first steps for a potential adopter is to apply to a local authority or an adoption agency in order to be assessed and approved as an adopter. The assessment process is often rigorous and can take several months to complete. As well as a full medical examination, police checks and preparation classes for the prospective adopter, the process also involves a report being prepared by a social worker. The report is submitted to an adoption panel, which then makes the final decision of whether the person being assessed will be approved as an adopter.
After the child has lived with the potential adopters, a court application can be made for an Adoption Order. This order will end the parental rights of the birth parent and transfer them to the adopters. At this stage the adopters become the legal parents of the child, as if the child was born to them.
It is essential for the long term success of an adoption that there is the right support in place to assist with any issues that relate to that particular placement, whether that be the post adoption contact between the child and their birth family or support for the particular needs of the child.
We have accredited specialist family solicitors who can provide clear, practical advice and assist throughout the process.
(Please note that the information on this page relates to adoptions in England and Wales and not international adoptions.)
If you are considering adoption or are considering making an application to the court for an Adoption Order, our specialist Tier 1 Legal 500 family law team offer a free 30-minute initial meeting*. We will discuss the process with you and help you plan the best way forward.
*Free consultations with our family solicitors are only available at our main Essex offices in Brentwood, Hornchurch and Upminster and are not available in cases where proceedings have been issued. Fixed fee appointments are available at Canary Wharf (London) and Leigh-on-Sea (Essex).