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Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

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75Restriction on arranging adoptions and placing children
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(1)Subject to subsection (2), a person other than an adoption agency who—

(a)makes arrangements for the adoption of a child, or

(b)places a child for adoption,

commits an offence.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply if the person proposing to adopt the child or, as the case may be, the person with whom the child is placed is—

(a)a parent of the child,

(b)any other relative of the child, or

(c)where a parent of the child is a member of a relevant couple, the other member of the couple.

(3)A person who receives a child placed in contravention of subsection (1) knowing that the placement is with a view to the person’s adopting the child commits an offence.

(4)A person who takes part in the management or control of a body of persons—

(a)which exists wholly or partly for the purpose of making arrangements for the adoption of children, and

(b)which is not an adoption agency,

commits an offence.

(5)A person who commits an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or both.

(6)In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (4), proof of—

(a)things done, or

(b)words written, spoken or published,

by any person taking part in the management or control of the body of persons, or in making arrangements for the adoption of children on behalf of the body, is sufficient evidence of the purpose for which that body exists.

(7)It is immaterial whether the actions mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (6) are carried out in the presence of a party to the proceedings.

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