Adoption is a legal procedure which involves an application to Court.

An Adoption Order transfers all parental responsibility for the child to the adopters and once it has been made it cannot be reversed, except in extremely rare circumstances.

The adopted child has a new family and loses all legal ties with their birth parents. The child would usually take the adopting family’s name.

Step-parent adoption law

As a step-parent you can look to adopt your step-child, but there are also other options to give you legal rights and responsibilities without ending the child’s legal relationship with their natural parent. For example, you can apply for a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order. By talking through your particular situation with you, we can help you work out what's best for you and the child.

Adoption following social services involvement

Our team of Family lawyers have extensive experience of Public Law Proceedings. We have represented many parents and children in proceedings where a Local Authority has applied for a Care Order and is going on to ask the Court to make a Placement Order (authority to place a child for adoption). 

These types of cases are not straightforward and free legal aid is generally available to help parents receive advice and specialist legal representation. We have solicitors who are Members of the Law Society Children Panel, and who are experts in representing families in adoption law situations like these. 

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Adoption law support for adoptive parents

Adoption UK was founded by adoptive parents to offer adoption law support information, advice and encouragement to prospective and established adopters. When a decision is made for a child to be adopted parents often feel alone and isolated and therefore, we can also give specialist advice about obtaining appropriate support.

If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team, complete our call back form or contact us directly at your local office.

Your Family Law Team

Oluwapelumi (Amanda) Adeola


Amanda has worked in the North Eastern Circuit since qualifying as a solicitor. She trained and worked with two law firms in Darlington before moving…

Andrea Hewitson


Andrea took her law degree at Northumbria University and went on to study for the solicitors exams at Chester Law School. Andrea joined Harvey &…

Leanne Walker

Trainee Legal Executive

Leanne made the change from the procurement sector to law, having completed her part-time Open University law degree with upper second class honours in…

Gillian Mitchell

Chartered Legal Executive

Gillian joined BHP Law's family team in October 2020 as a Chartered Legal Executive. In 2013, Gillian achieved accredited status with Resolution in complex…

Jack Collins

Apprentice Solicitor

Jack joined BHP in September 2020 as an apprentice solicitor in our family team, alongside studying at Northumbria University one day per week. …

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