CFWe have considerable experience in advising and representing private and public law clients on adoption in the UK.  Our unique blend of public and private law experience places us in a well-placed position to provide comprehensive advice to our clients. We are well-versed with the local authority processes, panels and their requirements.

Adoption Process

We can guide you through the complex legal court process from start to end and help you adopt a child. It is often particularly difficult with birth parents in the background until the final adoption order is made. You can rest assured that we will support you. We are experienced at defending cross applications from birth parents for discharge of placements orders and representing prospective adoptive parents in contested adoption cases.

We have expertise in inter-country adoptions, which permit prospective adopters to adopt children from abroad. We can guide you on the orders that you may need to bring the child from his or her country of origin, but more importantly, we specialise in advising and representing clients wishing to then adopt their child under English law. Such adoption can often become complex cases requiring specialist advice.  

How can we help?

You can adopt a child as a step-parent together with a natural parent, as a relative, or as a single parent. Whatever the case, we will provide expert advice every step of the way. We have experience in:

  • High Court Adoption Applications;
  • Step-parent adoptions;
  • Placement Orders;
  • Child law immigration (adopting children in care);
  • Hague Convention Adoptions.

Contact Our Expert Family Team at Merchiston Solicitors

Call 0203 540 6340 to speak to one of our expert family and adoption solicitors. Alternatively, please email us on or complete our online enquiry form.

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