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International Adoption

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Examines the detailed legal framework including the complexities of both UK legislation and the Hague Convention

To listen to Ruth Cabeza discuss recent developments in adoption with an international element which are explained in detail in International Adoption
International Adoption examines the detailed legal framework for adoption with an international element and introduces the reader to the complexities of both UK legislation and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Thus, the title equips practitioners with the tools required to advise a client on how to:
  • adopt a child in this country who is habitually resident outside of the British Isles
  • obtain legal recognition in the UK for a foreign adoption
  • arrange for the adoption of a child who is habitually resident in this country, where the prospective adopter is domiciled and habitually resident outside of the British Isles
The book also includes appropriate specialist information in relation to immigration matters so as to alert the reader to the potential issues that may need to be considered.
International Adoption is an invaluable legal guide to this area for all child lawyers and related professionals, including social workers.
Part 1 - General
  • Introduction
  • The Hague Convention
  • Domicile, habitual residence and adoption
Part 2 - International Adoption when the UK is the receiving state
  • Overview of considerations which apply when the UK is the receiving state and it is planned that the child to be adopted is habitually resident outside of the British
  • Adoptions from Hague Convention Countries
  • Adoptions from Non-Hague Convention Countries - assessment process
  • Adoptions from Non-Hague Convention Countries - legal recognition
  • Restrictions on Adoption from Specified Countries
  • Immigration Status of the Adopted Child when the UK is the Receiving State
Part 3 - International Adoption when the UK is the state of Origin
  • Overview of considerations which apply when the UK is the state of origin and it is planned that a child will be adopted by prospective adopters who live, and are domiciled, outside of the British Isles
  • Agency adoptions where the child is to be placed with prospective adopters who are habitually resident in a Convention Country
  • Agency adoptions where the child is to be placed with prospective adopters who are habitually resident in a non Convention Country
  • Private adoptions of a child who is habitually resident in the British Isles and the adopters are not eligible to adopt the child under domestic provisions
Part 4 - International Adoption - Offences and Glossary
  • Table of Offences
  • Glossary
Part 5 - Statutory Materials

"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. "

Watch the review
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

"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"

Chris Barton

Emeritus Professor of Family Law, a Vice-President of the Family Mediators Association, and academic door tenant at Regent Chambers
Family Law journal
It is a great honour for me to be asked to write the foreword for International Adoption. Its publication could not be more welcome, at a time when the international movement of children and their families have become the norm.
The authors, who are all practising barristers in this field, have produced an invaluable guide in this difficult area of the law. They are to be congratulated on producing a truly comprehensive work on the law and practice relating to this complex subject.

The book is extremely well laid out; it takes the reader logically through the law and practice arising on both Hague Convention and Non-Hague Convention adoption, and is helpfully divided into two parts, depending on whether the United Kingdom is the receiving state or the state of origin. In addition it brings together, in a comprehensive form, the relevant statutory provisions and rules which are set out in the Appendix.

I have no doubt all lawyers (both practising and academic) who have an interest in this area will find it immensely valuable.

Lucy Theis, The Hon Mrs Justice Theis
October 1012
Ruth Cabeza

Ruth Cabeza was called to the Bar in 1998 and is a tenant at Field Court Chambers practicing exclusively in the field of Family Law. Although she has developed a niche practice in International Adoption and International Surrogacy, her busy practice continues to include Public Law children work, Abduction and Financial Remedies. Ruth has been recommended as a leading family law junior in the Legal 500 each year since 2008.


Ayeesha Bhutta


Ayeesha Bhutta was called to the Bar in 2006 and is a tenant at Field Court Chambers, she specialises in children and family law. Ayeesha acts for and advises parents, local authorities and children in proceedings with an international element.



Jason Braier

Jason Braier was called to the Bar in 2002 and is a tenant at Field Court Chambers. His specialisms include immigration and asylum law, where he acts for appellants in a wide range of appeals before the First Tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

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