Adoption by Relatives

Leading International Adoption Solicitors

If you are a relative of a child you wish to adopt, please contact our specialist adoption lawyers. We will explain the process and the options open to you. Our lawyers specialise in intercountry adoption, in particular in situations where the child and relatives reside in different countries.

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  • “She is the queen of inter-country adoption. She is experienced in the field over a long period of time. She has wonderful client skills and is committed to getting proper outcomes.” 

  • “Osbornes is a large team with expertise in private and public children. The strength and depth of the team means that every aspect of the complex cases sent to me is well prepared and properly considered.”

Placing children permanently with relatives is generally recognised as the next best option if a child cannot be cared for by birth parents.

There are a range of possible orders that can be made, including adoption and special guardianship orders.

The need to find a permanent home for a child may arise from care proceedings or as a result of family breakdown, where the local authority may not be involved. We help our clients to weigh up what will be best for the individual child, taking into account factors such as:

  • Future contact that the child will have with birth parents and siblings or
  • Whether it is important for a child to retain their legal relationship with birth parents.

With our experience and expertise in International Adoption, we also advise and represent relatives offering a permanent home to a child living abroad, who might have been orphaned or abandoned or who has been gifted to them by family members in other countries. In these cases we work closely with specialist immigration lawyers in providing the full range of advice and representation that is needed what are often these most complex cases.

If you are the relative of a child whom you wish to adopt please contact either Naomi or Bridget for a confidential chat. After hearing the specifics of your case they will be able to provide you with further information and options available to you. They will also give you an indication of the process, what will be required of you and the possible time frames involved.

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For a free initial conversation call 020 7485 8811

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    • "She is the queen of inter-country adoption. She is experienced in the field over a long period of time. She has wonderful client skills and is committed to getting proper outcomes."

      Chambers UK 2022

    • "She is an adoption superstar. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law, and knows what's on the horizon due to her involvement in policy."

      Chambers UK 2022

    • Naomi Angell – the doyenne of adoption and surrogacy family law, dedicated to her clients and hardworking.

      Legal 500 2022

    • The team has considerable strength in adoption, surrogacy and fertility matters through Naomi Angell.

      Legal 500 2022

    • "Highly recommended
      Bridget and Amy-Jo were very supportive during what were very stressful proceedings. They were collaborative and I felt listened to and part of a team rather than just a client. We ended up being successful at the hearing."

      Client review

    • "She's extremely knowledgeable and highly professional."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • "She is the guru when it comes to international adoption and she's an expert in her field."

      Chambers UK 2021

    • Naomi Angell has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.

      Legal 500 2020 - Naomi Angell

    • "Naomi Angell is a highly esteemed practitioner who is highlighted as "a leader in the field" and "extremely knowledgeable" by interviewees. She is particularly recognised for her experience in complex adoption disputes."

      Chambers UK

    • Bridget Thompson is a public law specialist noted for her extensive practice in matters involving alternative families and adoption. An interviewee observes: "She's a fighter, she's clever, and she understands all aspects of a case."

      Chambers UK

    • "Naomi Angell is a leading name in international adoption."

      The Legal 500

    • "Recognised for its expertise in both domestic and international adoption, as well as assisted conception."

      Chambers UK

    • "Naomi Angell is a leading figure in domestic and inter-country adoptions, and also has expert knowledge of related fertility and surrogacy issues."

      Chambers UK

    • "Naomi Angell is phenomenal. She's done it for so long and knows so much that she's a fount of knowledge. If Naomi doesn't know something, it isn't worth knowing."

      Chambers UK

    • Naomi Angell is the doyenne of inter-country adoption and the font of all knowledge in this area.

      Chambers UK

    • Highly respected for her [Naomi Angell] focused on cross-border children work, including surrogacy matters.

      Chambers UK

    • Naomi Angell advises on international adoptions and complex surrogacy matters. She is commended for her broad, in-depth experience."

      Chambers UK

    • Naomi Angell is an expert in adoption issues.

      Legal 500

    • Naomi Angell leads the market in cross-border children law matters. Sources confirm that she is "at the cutting edge of changing law and policy" when it comes to international adoption

      Chambers UK

    • Naomi Angell is described as hugely experienced, calm and a good listener.

      Chambers UK

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