The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 were published on 11 September 2015.
These Regulations amend the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 ('the 2005 Regulations') which make provision under section 98 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 for the purposes of assisting persons adopted before the 30 December 2005 to obtain information about their adoption and to facilitate contact between those persons and their birth relatives and between people with a prescribed relationship to an adopted person and the adopted person's birth relatives.
Regulation 5(c) amends regulation 12 of the 2005 Regulations to require adoption agencies in England to take reasonable steps to provide relevant information to intermediary agencies in Wales. Regulations 3, 4 and 5(d) make consequential amendments to give effect to this.
Regulation 6 enables an intermediary agency to request any or all of the information listed in regulation 13 of the 2005 Regulations at the same time. It also enables an intermediary agency, if it is proceeding with an application from a person with a prescribed relationship to the adopted person, to request information from the register of live births.
Regulation 9 amends the fees payable by an intermediary agency requesting information from the Registrar General. Previously a fee of £10 was payable in respect of information provided. A new fee of £36 is payable for processing an initial request for information under regulation 13 of the 2005 Regulations, which is payable whether or not any information is located and provided, and irrespective of how much information is provided. A further fee of £14 is payable in respect of each subsequent request for information, but only where information is provided.
An impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as it has a minimal impact on businesses and civil society organisations. The instrument has a minimal impact on the public sector.
The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 are available to download here.