Adoption and Special Guardianship

What is the difference?

In very simple terms an adoption is a permanent arrangement where the links with the child’s birth family are severed and the new adoptive parents assume total responsibility for the child.  Adoption can occur with the consent of the birth parent(s) or more typically where a local authority has taken temporary care of a child and wishes to find a permanent home.

Special Guardianship is less permanent, it gives the guardian the exclusive right to make parental decisions on behalf of the child even if these override the birth parents.  Typically the guardian will be a relative and is most appropriate where it is important for the child to retain a relationship with other family members for example brothers and sisters.

How can we help?

  • We can advise you on which of the options is the most suitable for you and the child.
  • Both require an application to be made to court including persuasive legal arguments as to the benefit to the child.  We can help you with this and ensure your application is viewed in the most positive light.

Please note however we do not deal with local authority care proceedings

Why chose Howell Jones?

  • Experience – this is complex and somewhat specialised area of law. We have experience in dealing with legal arrangements for children including step parent adoptions and special guardianship applications as well as related matters.
  • Sensitivity and tact – these are difficult family issues. We can explain the range of options and how these will impact on the family as a whole including the future role of the various parties without bias or pressure.

Call us for free and without obligation.

Please telephone and speak to one of our family and divorce solicitors for free on 0800 037 1625 or fill in the online form to request a call back and someone will ring you within 24 hours.

You can access any of our lawyers at any of our offices spread throughout Surrey, Hampshire and Greater London including Kingston upon Thames, Bordon, Cheam, Canary Wharf, Leatherhead, Raynes Park, Surbiton, Tolworth or Walton on Thames.