||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 368 (Nov)
|| EWCA Civ 1206
||Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Thorpe, Arden and Lawrence Collins LJJ
||23 November 2007
Child - Adoption - Secret birth - Mother keeping pregnancy and birth of child secret from family - Pregnancy resulting from one night stand - Mother wishing child to be adopted - Local authority applying for care order - Judge directing authorityto disclose existence and identity of child to extended maternal family and, if he could be identified, to putative father and any extended paternal family - Whether authority under duty to make enquiries about long-term care for child with family - s 1.
Child - Adoption. When a decision was required to be made about the long-term care of a child, whom a mother wished to be adopted, s1 of the imposed no duty to make enquiries which it was not in the interests of the child to make, and enquiries were not in the interests of the child simply because they would provide more information about the child's background: they had genuinely to further the prospect of finding a long-term carer for the child without delay.
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