If you are considering adoption, or have already started the process our family law team can help make sure the whole process goes smoothly, and you have all the legal advice you need.
Faith Williams Law are here to help you with your planned adoption we offer a free legal consultation, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your circumstances and any worries you have. Our specialist solicitors work on a fixed fee basis so you know the legal fees you’re dealing with from the outset.
We offer a wide range of services, from offering guidance and insight into what to expect for anyone considering adoption and needing guidance through the whole process.
Our family law team can also help you to adopt a child from within your family, such as step children, nieces or nephews or grandchildren.
Our family law solicitors understand how daunting and confusing the process can be and we can help offer clarity on proceedings, explaining legal documents and what to expect.
Our expert legal team can help you with your adoption process from the outset. Firstly you will go through an assessment process, which is is very daunting as your life is scrutinised to check your suitability as a parent. After the assessment children are matched to the potential adoptive parents and introductions are made.
Once the final decisions are made and a child is placed in the care of the family, the child must live with the family for a minimum of ten weeks before the family can apply to the Family Court for an adoption order.
If the application is successful than an adoption order is granted the child will legally be part of your family and you will have the same legal rights as if they were your own child from birth.
Types of adoption
There are different kinds of adoption depending on your circumstances including:
- A single natural parent
- A natural parent and a step parent
- Local authority or an adoption agency
- From overseas
- By a relative
Before considering adopting there is eligibility criteria that you need to satisfy prior to application. If you are unsure what the criteria are or if you meet the requirements contact us and we will talk you through your unique circumstances and offer clear advice and guidance.
The criteria to adopt includes:
- You need to pass a police test
- Over the age of 21
- Provide evidence of a secure, stable and caring home
- You can be single or married but you cannot adopt if you are living as an unmarried couple – even when one parent is the birth parent
If you are thinking about adoption get in touch and we can offer you a free legal consultation to discuss your unique circumstances. We can ensure all your documentation meets the criteria and advise you and support you through the whole process until successful outcome.