Search Legislation

The Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987


This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Meaning of “adoption” in Part V

39.—(1) In this Part “adoption” means adoption—

(a)by an adoption order;

(b)by an order made under the Adoption Act (Northern Ireland) 1967(1), the Adoption of Children Act (Northern Ireland) 1950(2) or the Adoption of Children Act (Northern Ireland) 1929(3);

(c)by an order made in England and Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man or in any of the Channel Islands; or

(d)which is an adoption recognised by the law of Northern Ireland and effected under the law of any other country,

and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly.

(2) The definition of adoption includes, where the context admits, an adoption effected before the commencement of this Part, and the date of an adoption effected by an order is the date of the making of the order.

Back to top


Print Options


Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.


Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources