Consultation on the draft Adoption Bill

Closed 23 Oct 2020

Opened 14 Sep 2020


The purpose of the consultation is to collect views on proposed new legislation which aims to update the law on the Island in relation to the adoption of children. 

Why we are consulting

The adoption of children is currently provided for by the Adoption Act 1984.  Over time, the provisions of the Act have become outdated and no longer reflect the modern face of adoption.

The Bill seeks to update the law in relation to adoption on the Island and covers issues such as:

  • what an adoption agency or the court must consider when taking a decision in relation to the adoption of a child;
  • the issue of  parental consent;
  • the introduction of placement orders;
  • the placement of children on Island;
  • proposals for post-adoption contact;
  • how adoption information is dealt with;
  • the review of decisions made in the adoption process; and
  • the introduction of an Adoption Contact Register.

Your responses to this consultation are important and will help to inform the final content of the Bill.

What happens next

Responses to the consultation will be analysed and a summary of the results will be published after the closing date of the consultation.  Based on the consultation feedback, changes to the draft Bill will be considered and applied where appropriate.


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