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The term intercountry adoption (ICA) is used in this article to cover all adoptions with a foreign element, where the UK is the receiving state. It covers the law in England and Wales, but the article does not include outgoing cases where the UK is the state of origin or sending state of the child as although there are increasing numbers of cases, this is becoming a complex area of law which deserves time of its own to explore it properly. For the sake of brevity, rather than stating English and Welsh on each occasion, English is used to refer to both countries.
The article is also a practical one, reflecting those cases that come before the courts in England Wales and which practitioners and the judiciary can expect to encounter. Although often regarded as a specialist area of law covering a small number of cases and where practitioners are unlikely to encounter more than a few cases in the course of their career, the reality is actually quite different. This area of law in fact covers a wide range of situations and a broad spectrum of families.
By Naomi Angell Partner, Osbornes, London
This article appeared appears in the November 2012 issue of International Family Law.
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