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Examines the detailed legal framework including the complexities of both UK legislation and the Hague Convention
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"As Mrs Justice Theis mentions in the foreword to this latest work of legal reference from Jordans, ‘the international movement of children and their families have become the norm.’ The publication of this book could not, therefore, be more timely!
With world business and world communications having gone global, largely via the Internet, practitioners, as well as social workers and other interested parties should be made aware of the legal and practical complexities involved in inter-country adoption – an aim which this book certainly achieves.
As the authors reiterate in the introduction, adoption is ‘a legal relationship of parent and child between a child and an adult who are not biologically related.’ Adoption, they imply, imposes an immense burden of responsibility for all adult parties concerned, as it is at best, an act of love, or at worst, an opportunity for the abuse of power -- and it is always the welfare of the child that is of paramount consideration.
This book covers the law and practice involved in this complex subject in a thorough, clear and easily accessible manner. Following the general introduction in Part 1, Part 2 examines international adoption when the United Kingdom is the receiving state – while Part 3 deals with international adoption when the UK is the state of origin. Part 3 specifically, will assist practitioners advising potential UK adopters who wish to adopt a child from abroad.
Throughout the book’s almost 700 pages, the reader is guided through the complexities of both UK legislation and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, while at the same time being warned of certain pitfalls which may result in criminal charges.
Note that Part 4 ‘Glossary and Offences ‘ contains a Table of Offences and eighteen appendices which include the relevant statutory provisions as well as immigration rules and forms. Also note that adoption processes relating to non-Hague Convention countries are also covered.
For ease of use – an important consideration for busy practitioners – the book has a detailed table of contents plus extensive tables of cases, statutes, statutory instruments and international materials. There is also a useful index at the back.
Practitioners with international clients -- or UK residents wishing to adopt a child from abroad -- will find this book invaluable as a reliable and convenient way to increase their familiarity with this jurisdiction. The law is stated as at 31 October 2012. "
"A cross between a text book and a work of reference...worked examples of domicile and residence...bring to life subjects that can otherwise appear both boring and difficult"
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Brings together the law and procedure relating adoption with special guardianship