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The Family Proceedings (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2003

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4A.15.—(1) An application for an adoption order shall be made in Form A9 issued out of the Office.

(2) The respondents shall be –

(a)each parent or guardian (not being an applicant) of the child, unless the child is free for adoption;

(b)any adoption agency having parental responsibility for the child by virtue of Articles 17, 18 or 21, or under sections 18 or 21 of the 1976 Act or sections 18 or 21 of the 1978 Act;

(c)any adoption agency named in the application or in any form of agreement to the making of the adoption order as having taken part in the arrangements for the adoption of the child;

(d)any Board to whom the applicant has given notice under Article 22 of his intention to apply for an adoption order;

(e)any Board or voluntary organisation that has parental responsibility for, is looking after, or is caring for, the child;

(f)any person (not being an applicant) liable by virtue of any order or agreement to contribute to the maintenance of the child;

(g)where the applicant proposes to rely on Article 15(1)(b)(ii), the spouse of the applicant; and

(h)the child.

(3) The court may at any time direct that any other person or body be made a respondent to the application.

(4) Notice to the Board for the purposes of Article 22(1) may be given in Form A10.

(5) On filing the application the applicant shall pay the appropriate fee and supply three copies of –

(a)the application, together with any other documents required to be supplied under this Part, and

(b)where the child was not placed for adoption with the applicant by an adoption agency, save where the applicant or one of the applicants is a parent of the child, reports by a medical practitioner made not more than three months earlier on the health of the child and of each applicant, covering the matters specified in Part II of Appendix 4.

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