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(Family Division, Hedley J, 24 October 2012)
The Indian husband and British wife had adopted a child from within the extended family network in India. They took part in a Hindu adoption ceremony which was approved by the court after a thorough investigation.
The couple applied to the English court for recognition of the adoption in order for the child to enter the UK. The Indian Central Authority did not treat kinship adoption placements as Hague Convention adoptions and therefore the process was not one of automatic recognition.
Applying the case of Re Valentine's Settlement the conditions had been satisfied, there were no public policy objections and recognising the adoption would promote the welfare of the child.
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