Adoption By Relatives

Adoption by a family member


Adopting a child who is related to you can be a complex and highly emotional process. However, it can be the best outcome for a child who is unable to remain with their birth parents for whatever reason. There are various ways in which a child can be placed in the care of a relative, including adoption and a special guardianship order. In some cases, the local authority is involved, while others are conducted without this type of involvement.


Many factors must be taken into account when assessing the suitability of a relative for child adoption. For example, whether or not the child will be able (and wishes to) to retain a relationship with their siblings, and how this will be carried out. Also, whether it is in the child’s best interests to retain a relationship with their birth parents and whether a relative will be placed in a compromising situation if they take on the adoption of a child coming from their wider family.


Furthermore, when an adoption involves more than one country, it is known as an international adoption and comes with additional issues to arrange and resolve. For example, which country the child will live in and how the laws of the chosen country will affect how the child is raised. In some cases, international adoption must be considered after a child is orphaned or abandoned by family. Our specialist solicitors can work with families facing this distressing situation to provide compassionate, reliable and up-to-date advice and support.


At Shortlands Solicitors, we can also talk you through the timescales involved, as well as what to expect at each stage in proceedings. We can help you work out what you would like to happen and explain the legalities involved. For further details about our adoption by relatives services, or to discuss your individual circumstances, please speak to our team today to arrange an initial consultation.


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Talk to one another. Try to agree arrangements that best suit the children, that they will be comfortable with and that take into account their interests.

Have an initial meeting with a lawyer to explore the law and your rights. Then attempt mediation or collaboration.

If you live abroad and need to apply for a child custody order, the process will depend on your specific situation and the laws of the country where you reside.

First and foremost the Court is concerned with the Child’s interest and welfare. An arrangement will be reached that best suits the child’s welfare.

Between three to twelve months

The cost varies depending on the complexity of the case. At Shortlands we try to offer fixed fees for every stage of the process.

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