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The breakdown of adoption is something that is seldom discussed. It’s an experience that few parents wish to share, partly for fear of being blamed, however research by Adoption UK suggests that around a third of adoptions encounter severe and ongoing issues.
A number of factors can lead to the breakdown of an adoptive arrangement. In many cases, adopted children have had a difficult start to life, and will sometimes have spent many years in care, following removal from a dis-functional or even abuse situation. Pre-existing trauma can put unbearable stress on the new family unit, and in some cases, this can lead to the breakdown of the adoption.
It’s important to understand that adoptions sometimes break down despite the very best efforts of the adoptive parents. In this case, it’s vital to understand the next steps to ensure minimal disruption and suffering for all involved. Our team includes experts on adoption breakdown, who can help you understand the options available to you.
The next steps may involve support from the local authorities (such as therapy and respite care) or submitting a request for the child to be re-accommodated by the local authority.
Sometimes the situation with progress to the Local Authority issuing care proceedings. If the situation develops to this point, we can provide legal representation to parents.
If you’d like to talk to one of our experts about any of the legal matters arising from adoption, get in touch today.
At JWP Solicitors we always have a transparent approach to our fees. Our solicitors will always at the outset of your case set out clearly the likely costs. For some adoption breakdown cases, we will be able to offer you a fixed price for the work once we have obtained the full details of your case. In the alternative, we will carry out work at our hourly rate.
You can contact us at any time free of charge during the course of, or at the conclusion of your case, with any queries in relation to costs or any other area of client care. Your solicitor will discuss with you at the outset an appropriate plan for the payment of our legal cost
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