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The Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I GENERAL

    1. 1.Citation and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. PART II REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURE, RECOGNITION AND EFFECT OF ADOPTION IN NORTHERN IRELAND WHERE THE UNITED KINGDOM IS THE RECEIVING STATE

    1. 3.Application for determination of eligibility, and assessment of suitability, to adopt

    2. 4.Eligibility requirements and requirement to notify

    3. 5.Requirement to provide counselling and information

    4. 6.Procedure in respect of carrying out an assessment

    5. 7.Adoption panel function

    6. 8.Adoption agency decision and notification

    7. 9.Procedure where the prospective adopter is approved by the adoption agency

    8. 10.Procedure following receipt of the Article 16 report from SOCA

    9. 11.Duty of adoption agency before the child’s arrival in Northern Ireland

    10. 12.Requirements following the child’s arrival in Northern Ireland but no Convention adoption is made in the State of origin

    11. 13.Duty of prospective adopter to notify HSS trust

    12. 14.Duty of prospective adopter where a child is placed with him

    13. 15.Prospective adopter unable to proceed with application to adopt

    14. 16.Surrender of the child to the relevant HSS trust

    15. 17.Breakdown of placement

    16. 18.Convention adoption subject to a probationary period

    17. 19.Prescribed requirements for the purposes of making a Convention adoption order

    18. 20.Procedural requirements following a Convention adoption order or Convention adoption – Article 23 of the Convention

    19. 21.Refusal of a court to make a Convention adoption order

    20. 22.Annulment of a Convention adoption order or a Convention adoption

  4. PART III REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURE WHERE THE UNITED KINGDOM IS THE STATE OF ORIGIN

    1. 23.Duty of adoption agency in respect of assessment of a child

    2. 24.Adoption panel function

    3. 25.HSS trust decision and notification

    4. 26.Receipt of Article 15 report from RSCA

    5. 27.Duty of adoption panel in respect of a proposed placement

    6. 28.HSS trust decision in respect of a placement

    7. 29.Preparation of the Article 16 report for RSCA

    8. 30.Prescribed requirements for the purposes of making a Convention adoption order

    9. 31.Procedural requirements following a Convention adoption order or Convention adoption – Article 23 of the Convention

  5. PART IV MISCELLANEOUS

    1. 32.Application, with modifications, of provisions of the 1987 Order

    2. 33.Application, with modifications, of provisions of the Adoption Agencies Regulations

    3. 34.Offences

    4. 35.Transitional provision

  6. Signature

  7. SCHEDULES

    1. Schedule 1

      Certificate of eligibility and approval

    2. Schedule 2

      Certificate that the Convention adoption order has been made in accordance with the Convention

    3. Schedule 3

      Application, with modifications, of provisions of the 1987 Order

    4. Schedule 4

      Application, with modifications, of the provisions of the Adoption Agencies Regulations

  8. Explanatory Note

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