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post-adoption contact


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Contact between a child and its birth family after an adoption order has been made. Contact after adoption is a contentious issue, the traditional view under English law being that it was contrary to the very nature of adoption. However, this position was relaxed when the House of Lords decided in Re C (Adoption Order: Conditions) [1998] 2 FLR 259 (HL) that the court had power to attach a condition to an adoption order that preserved contact between a child and his siblings. Since the coming into force of the Children Act 1989 the courts have had the power to make a contact order in addition to an adoption order. Under the Children and Adoption Act 2002 the court is now under a duty when making an adoption order to consider whether arrangements should be made to allow the child to maintain links with his birth family. See feature Adoption Law.

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