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Post Adoption Contact: New Take On An Old Position?

The Child and Families Act 2014 (CFA) was enacted in March 2014 and has fundamentally changed the impetus of what Parliament see as important within family structure. Prior to April 2014, an order for a child arrangement, formerly known as a contact order, could only be made under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. However, Section 9 of the CFA has amended this with the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA), with the insertion of section 51A and 51B. These provisions now provide the court with a specific power to make an order for post-adoption contact when the court is making an adoption order or when an adoption order has previously been issued.

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Outcomes of inter-country adoption

A recent study from the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has investigated what happened to around 100 young girls who, in the 1960s, were in the social care system in Hong Kong and then sent to the UK to be placed for adoption.

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Human Rights Commission welcomes adoption ruling

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has welcomed a recent High Court ruling that declared it was unlawful to prevent unmarried couples from adopting in Northern Ireland.

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