Local authorities have duties to investigate and consider permanent placements for children with relatives, where remaining with birth parents is not an option. Inevitably, many of these family members will live abroad.
We have particular expertise in advising relatives abroad and local authorities on the range of options for a child to be placed permanently abroad, including Hague Convention adoptions, where the adoption order will be recognised by the foreign country, or by special guardianship or residence orders with mirror orders being made by the court in the country where their relatives live.
Not all such cases involve relatives, for instance we can assist where a family which has already adopted a child from care then moves abroad and subsequently a related sibling to their adopted child becomes available for adoption. The local authority may not necessarily be involved, for instance where a child is gifted to family members abroad who are not able to have children of their own.
We work closely on these cases with immigration and children’s lawyers in the foreign country and also with immigration lawyers in this country in working to achieve the best outcome for a child moving to a new country where it is important they have full access to immigration, health, education and welfare rights there.
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