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The Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 1996

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Placement for adoption

19.—(1) Where an adoption agency has decided in accordance with regulation 12(1) that a prospective adopter would be a suitable adoptive parent for a particular child it shall provide the person proposing to adopt the child with–

(a)written information about the child’s background, parentage, health and mental and emotional development;

(b)written advice about–

(i)the need to tell the child about his adoption and origins;

(ii)the provisions in the Act relating to the right of adopted persons to obtain information from the Register of Births and the availability of counselling services for adopted persons under section 45 of the Act; and

(iii)the availability of counselling services on any problems relating to the adoption; and

(c)a copy of a report based on the medical findings on that child obtained under regulation 9.

(2) The adoption agency shall, in connection with the placement of a child for adoption with a prospective adopter–

(a)notify the local authority in whose area the prospective adopter resides (if different from the agency making the placement) in writing of the placement with particulars of the placement;

(b)notify the education authority in whose area the prospective adopter resides in writing of the placement with particulars of the placement if the child is of compulsory school age within the meaning of section 31 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980(1), and such notification shall take place before the placement if the adoption agency’s medical adviser considers the child to have a problem of medical significance or special educational needs;

(c)notify the health board in whose area the prospective adopter resides in writing of the placement with particulars of the placement, and such notification shall take place before the placement if the adoption agency’s medical adviser considers the child to have a problem of medical significance to his future care;

(d)send a written report of the child’s health history and current state of health to the prospective adopter’s registered medical practitioner before the proposed placement, together with particulars of the proposed placement;

(e)notify in writing the parents of the child, including where the agency considers this to be in the child’s best interests the father or mother of a child who is a parent in terms of section 15(1) of the 1995 Act but does not have parental responsibilities, or the guardian of the child if their whereabouts are known to the adoption agency, that the child has been placed for adoption, but no such notification shall be given to a person who has made a declaration under section 18(6) or 19(4) of the Act (declaration as to no further involvement with the child); and has not withdrawn that declaration under section 19 of the Act;

(f)ensure that the child is visited on its behalf within one week of his placement with a prospective adopter and thereafter on such other occasions as the adoption agency considers necessary in order to supervise the child’s well-being as long as the child and the prospective adopter remain domiciled in Great Britain or until an adoption order under section 12 of the Act has been made by the court in favour of the prospective adopters;

(g)ensure that written reports are produced reporting on the said visits.

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