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16 MAR 2007

ADOPTION: Re K (Adoption: Permission to Advertise) [2007] EWHC 544 (Fam)

(Family Division; McFarlane J; 16 March 2007)

Dismissing the local authority appeal against an order permitting an anonymised adoption advertisement, the court noted that a child could only be advertised for adoption after the local authority had been satisfied that the child ought to be placed for adoption, which involved not only an adoption recommendation by the panel, but also a decision by the appropriate officer. In this case the authority had sought to advertise the child for adoption before assessments of the family had been completed, before the case had been to the adoption panel, and before the local authority had come to a concluded view on whether the child's best interests would be served by rehabilitation to the family or by adoption. The justices' order would be set aside, as the local authority's application had been premature, and should have been dismissed.

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