Adoption from care
In some circumstances, particularly where the family have been involved in social services or care proceedings, children are not able to carrying on living with their natural parents. The alternative can be adoption, when the natural parents will lose their parental responsibility for the child, and the full rights and duties of a parent are acquired by the adoptive family. These cases involve difficult and sensitive issues which we will guide you through.
Step parent adoption
Step parents may feel that it is in their step child’s best interests to be adopted, so that they are fully integrated into their new family. Step parent adoption may be the best solution for a child, but there are also other options which we can advise on, which give the step parent legal status and recognition of their involvement with their step child, but enable the child’s relationship with the non-resident birth parent to continue.