Adoption is where a child legally becomes a member of a new family, with one or two new parents. You can adopt in the UK whether you are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, civil partners, married, unmarried or single.
An adoption order reassigns legal parental rights from a birth parent to an adoptive parent, creating a new legal family for the child on a permanent basis. The child usually takes the surname of the adoptive parent and obtains the same legal rights as if he/she had been born to them, including inheritance rights.
There are different types of adoption in the UK, including:
- Adoption of a step-child (the child of a partner, spouse or civil partner)
- Inter-country adoption (adoption of a child from overseas)
- Adoption of a child looked after by a local authority
Adoption law in the UK can be complex and there are separate legal processes for each type of adoption. If you are considering adopting a child from overseas or a child looked after by a local authority, you should contact your local authority and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering for more information.
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