adoption service

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Under the Children and Adoption Act 2002 the different services, collectively, that local authorities must provide within their area in order to meet the needs of adoption. These services include provision of accommodation for pregnant women and mothers, making arrangements for placing children with prospective adopters, and advising people with adoption problems. In addition, each local authority must provide adoption support services, such as advice and counselling, and health, education, and cultural services. See feature Adoption Law.

Subjects: Law.

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