News article published on: 13th July 2016
Naomi Angell launches booklet “Intercountry Adoption in the English Courts” at a conference at the Intercountry Adoption Centre on medical and legal aspects of intercountry adoption.
Naomi Angell, renowned adoption lawyer and head of adoption at Osbornes Solicitors launched a booklet “Intercountry Adoption in the English Courts” that she has written, explaining the court process for adoptions with an international element. These adoptions include convention, recognised list and non-convention adoptions when they come before the English courts. The types of cases include:
- Hague Convention adoptions where the Convention adoption order is not made in the child’s country of origins
- Cases where the foreign adoption is not recognised in this country and it is necessary to re-adopt the child in the English courts to obtain recognition for the adopters as the child’s full legal adoptive parents and usually British nationality for the child
- Adoption cases where adoption orders cannot be made in the child’s country of origin, e.g. for religious reasons where a guardianship order or a Kafala may have been made instead
- Step-parent adoptions where a British resident marries a foreign national who has a child by a previous relationship or marriage. The British resident who has now become the child’s step parent wishes to adopt the child in the English courts to acquire equal parental status to the child’s custodial birth parent and usually British nationality for the child
- Adoption of a child who has entered the UK for reasons other than adoption, e.g. on a family visit or for medical or educational reasons, and adopters, usually relatives, now wish to adopt the child
- Cases were adopters have adopted a child while living and working abroad and now wish to adopt the child in the English courts to obtain recognition as the child’s adoptive parents here, and usually British nationality for the child.
Apart from explaining the process in easily accessible language, the booklet sets out where there are potential problems and pitfalls and how to approach an adoption application in the English courts either with or without legal representation and how it may be possible to have legal assistance with an adoption application without full representation.
The booklet is aimed at lay people, either adopters or professionals involved in the adoption process, such as social workers and children’s guardians.
If you are considering adopting contact Naomi Angell for an initial conversation and further information on the process and costs involved. You can contact Naomi by filling in our online enquiry form or calling 020 7485 8811.