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There are many reasons why a couple might choose to adopt a child from overseas. But it should not be seen as an easier option than a UK adoption. The law is complex and there are as many, if not more, stages to go through.
At Brethertons are family lawyers who specialise in international adoption. We recognise the emotional challenges that the adoption process poses for families, and our advice and support is always delivered with sensitivity and understanding.
There is no getting away from the fact that international adoption is a process. To adopt a child abroad you must take similar steps to those you would take if you were adopting within the UK. You must tell your local authority that you are looking to adopt from an international company; a home study report will then be carried out and then an adoption panel will decide whether not you are suitable.
That all takes place before the authorities in the country in which you are looking to adopt become involved. And this is strict. If you don’t follow the specific rules then you could be committing a criminal offence.
We know the processes, the systems and the legal issues. Talk to us about your situation and we’ll make your case for international adoption as compelling as it can be. We have a strong track record in helping customers get the outcomes they’re looking for. Ultimately that is what we aim for, from the moment you instruct us.
To find out more, contact John Doughty.