Cafcass’ involvement will depend on the nature of your case – for example whether the adoption order is being disputed by the birth parents, or whether the potential adopters are relatives. We can only be involved in a case at the request of the court.
In order to legally adopt a child, you must apply for an adoption order. You can only do this when the child has been living with you for a certain amount of time.
An adoption order cuts all legal ties between an adopted child and their birth parents, and creates a new legal relationship between the child and the adoptive parents.
There are two types of adoption where Cafcass may be involved,
If everyone agrees to the adoption the Cafcass worker is known as a Reporting Officer.
The Reporting Officer will speak to everybody involved. This is to make sure that they
They will then witness the consent forms being signed and inform the court.
The forms will be sent to the court together with a short report. This is evidence of the parent’s consent to the adoption.
If a parent does not agree to the adoption, or cannot be found, Cafcass' role will be different. Find out what happens if a parent does not agree to adoption.
You can find advice on how to adoption a child on the gov.uk child adoption page