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Placed for adoption

This describes part of the adoption process. Before prospective adopters can make their application for an adoption order, the child must be ‘placed for adoption’ with them, and then have lived with them for 10 continuous weeks. During those 10 weeks, the child has been ‘placed for adoption’, and once the 10 week period is over, the prospective adopters are able to make their application to court for an adoption order.

A child can only be placed for adoption if:

  • The parents have formally agreed that this should happen, OR
  • The court has made a placement order.

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