Complete the form below to ask us a question or make an enquiry. We’ll get back to you via phone or email as soon as possible.

Insights FAQs People Videos Guides Events

Family Law

Adoption & Special Guardianship

We understand that adopting a child is likely to be an emotional time for everyone involved. We’re here to help you through it, whether you’re a birth-parent or adopter.


What adoption means

When a child is adopted, the relationship between the birth parents and the child finishes and the relationship between the adopters and child is cemented. A child can only be placed for adoption with the parent(s) consent or if the child is under a placement order - it’s important that consent is given unconditionally and with the full understanding of what is involved. Parental responsibility is passed to the adopters instead of the birth parents and sometimes the child’s name is changed to reflect this.

In any decision related to adoption, the child’s welfare is always the most important consideration.


How we can help with adoption and guardianship

Our family law solicitors are experienced at supporting people who are involved with the adoption process. We can help you if you are:

We’ll look through your application and advise you if anything can be improved, as well as drafting relevant Court papers and representing you at Court hearings.


Special Guardianship Order

A Special Guardianship Order goes further than a Child Arrangements Order in that a carer under special guardianship may have parental responsibility excluding all others, but it doesn’t extinguish parental responsibility as with adoption. This is an order giving all day to day decisions about the child’s upbringing to the special guardian. It is imagined that this will be the appropriate order where a long-term placement is secured for a child with another family member. 


Get in touch today

We understand that you’re coming to us during what is often an emotional and stressful time. Our priority is to help you move on to a brighter future as swiftly as possible. Contact our specialists today by using our online enquiry form, or call our specialist team on 01392 937279.

Get in touch

Get legal advice and support

Contact Our Legal Experts

Enquire now

Related Services

Family Law Services

Find out more about how we can help you with your legal requirements, with simple information supporting you every step of the way. Alternatively, complete our contact form or call us directly to speak to a member of our experienced team.