Being involved in the adoption system can be an overwhelming experience however you may be affected, and it is paramount that you obtain clear and accurate legal support and advice along your journey. Whether you are looking to adopt a child, or reclaim your rights as a parent if your child has been placed for adoption by local authorities, you will need the guidance of a family law and adoption specialist.
If you wish to adopt a child
There is a strict process which must be followed if you wish to adopt a child. You will need to be assessed as a suitable candidate which requires an in depth application to be submitted. You may need our help should there be discrepancies in your assessment that you wish to address or you may feel that inaccurate information has been used which you want to correct before a decision is made.
If your child has been put up for adoption
If your child or children have been removed from your care and it has been deemed that they should be submitted for adoption, we can help you fight your corner to win them back, or for them to placed in the custody of a friend or relative so you can have regular visitation.
The decision making process has an input from a great number of organisations including social services and local authority, but our family solicitors can deal with all of this on your behalf, and will do their utmost to achieve the best solution for all involved.
The family law experts at Bailey & Cogger can support you in:
- adopting a stepchild or relative;
- adopting a child in care;
- objecting to the adoption of your child;
- negotiating continued contact with your child before and after the adoption process;
- resolving problems which arise after an adoption has been finalised; and
- exploring alternatives to adoption.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse.