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

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Commencement of proceedings under Article 17

4A.3.—(1) An application under Article 17 (freeing child for adoption with parental agreement) for an order freeing a child for adoption shall be made in Form A1 issued out of the Office.

(2) The applicants shall be the adoption agency and each parent or guardian of the child and the respondents shall be –

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

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

(c)the child.

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

(4) 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)a report, in writing, covering all the relevant matters specified in Part I of Appendix 4.

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