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9. In deciding on any course of action in relation to the adoption of a child, a court or adoption agency shall regard the welfare of the child as the most important consideration and shall—
(a)have regard to all the circumstances, full consideration being given to—
(i)the need to be satisfied that adoption, or adoption by a particular person or persons, will be in the best interests of the child; and
(ii)the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child throughout his childhood; and
(iii)the importance of providing the child with a stable and harmonious home; and
(b)so far as practicable, first ascertain the wishes and feelings of the child regarding the decision and give due consideration to them, having regard to his age and understanding.
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