Adoption

We are leading family lawyers in Exeter. If you are considering adopting a child, an adoption lawyer from our children law team can advise on adoption applications and assessments. If you are a stepparent thinking about adopting your stepchild, our adoption solicitors can also advise you about the process and help you consider whether this is the right route for you and your family, or whether another means of securing parental responsibility would be more appropriate for you.

What is adoption?

Adoption is a process under which the legal relationship between a child and its birth parents is brought to an end and the child legally becomes part of a new family.

Adoption is considered a positive option for some children who are unable to remain with their birth family because it provides them with security and permanence within a family that becomes legally their own. However, before approving the adoption of a child, the court must be satisfied that all other options that would potentially enable a child to maintain some link with their birth family have been ruled out in terms of meeting the child’s needs.

Who can adopt a child?

You may be able to adopt if you are:

  • Over 21; and,
  • Single, married, in a civil partnership, an unmarried couple; or applying to adopt a stepchild

You (or your partner) must have:

  • A fixed and permanent home in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man; and,
  • Lived in the UK for at least 1 year before you make an adoption application
The adoption process

The process for adopting a child can be challenging and requires a huge amount of commitment. There is a lot of information on line for those considering adoptions, including on websites such as:

If you appoint us to handle your adoption application, a named adoption solicitor will deal with your case from start to finish. You will be given clear and focused advice throughout, and we will keep you fully informed about each stage and any outcomes.

To make an enquiry or book an appointment with an adoption lawyer, please contact Mark Fairchild, Family Team Administrator.

The Team
Nicky Mein
Nicky Mein

Managing Partner and Solicitor

Penny Scott
Penny Scott

Partner and Solicitor

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