Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2010] All ER (D) 89 (Feb)
Neutral Citation: [2010] EWHC 175 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (London)
Judge:

Coulson J

Representation Henry Cleaver for the claimant.
  Sian Davies for the authority.
Judgment Dates: 9 February 2010

Catchwords

Local authority - Adoption proceedings - Placement order - Timing - Revocation of placement not permitted if child already 'placed for adoption' - Local authority deciding to place claimant's daughter with certain adopters - Claimant sending fax to authority seeking to revoke adoption - Child's adoption social worker not discovering fax until day after child taking up permanent residence with adopters - Date at which child placed for adoption - Whether decision to place child for adoption unlawful - s 24.

The Case

Local authority Adoption proceedings. The Administrative Court held, dismissing the instant judicial review, that the date at which the claimant's child, J, was 'placed for adoption', within the meaning of s24(2) of the was 17 August 2009 when all the relevant legal formalities had been concluded and the so-called 'introductions process' began. On that basis, the claimant's attempt to revoke the adoption came too late; the lawfulness or otherwise of the decision to allow J to take up permanent residence with the prospective adopters on 24 August could not be called into question.

Practice Areas

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