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Rights and relationships of children who are adopted from care

Doughty, Julie ORCID:, Meakings, Sarah and Shelton, Katherine ORCID: 2019. Rights and relationships of children who are adopted from care. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 33 (1) , pp. 1-23. 10.1093/lawfam/eby016

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The rights of children who are adopted in England and Wales, their birth parents, siblings and extended family, and their adoptive parents are considered in this article. This includes the rights of parents and children regarding consent to adoption; their rights to post-adoption contact; children’s rights to develop an understanding of their identity as an adopted person; and adopters’ rights to support in helping their children – in the framework of domestic law and human rights conventions. The article draws on findings from the Wales Adoption Cohort Study to inform the discussion. This study included a case file study of 374 children’s adoption records, surveys of newly adoptive parents (96) and interviews with them (40). These findings included that, generally, adoptive parents had respect for the child’s previous family ties. Adopters had a positive attitude toward helping their children with contact (especially with siblings) and making sense of their identity, but often struggled with a lack of professional support. There was a tendency amongst agencies towards a blanket policy on indirect contact, rather than planning more flexible individual arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN: 1360-9939
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2018
Date of Acceptance: 19 June 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 20:51

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