Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999

  1. Introductory TextNext Match

  2. Implementation of ConventionPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 1. Regulations giving effect to Convention.Previous MatchNext Match

    2. 2. Central Authorities and accredited bodies.Previous MatchNext Match

  3. Convention adoptionsPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 3. Convention adoption orders.Previous MatchNext Match

    2. 4. Effect of Convention adoptions in England and Wales.Previous MatchNext Match

    3. 5. Effect of Convention adoptions in Scotland.Previous MatchNext Match

    4. 6. Annulment of Convention adoptions etc.Previous MatchNext Match

    5. 7. Acquisition of British citizenship by Convention adoptions.Previous MatchNext Match

    6. 8. Meaning of “Convention adoption” and related expressions in 1976 and 1978 Acts.Previous MatchNext Match

  4. Intercountry adoptionsPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 9. Adoption Service to include intercountry adoptions etc.Previous MatchNext Match

    2. 10. Approval of adoption societies to provide intercountry adoption services.Previous MatchNext Match

    3. 11. Six months residence required for certain intercountry adoptions.Previous MatchNext Match

    4. 12. Registration of certain intercountry adoptions.Previous MatchNext Match

    5. 13. Construction of certain references in 1976 and 1978 Acts.Previous MatchNext Match

  5. Miscellaneous and supplementalPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 14. Restriction on bringing children into the United Kingdom for adoption.Previous MatchNext Match

    2. 15. Amendments and repeals.Previous MatchNext Match

    3. 16. Devolution.Previous MatchNext Match

    4. 17. Savings for adoptions etc. under 1965 Convention.Previous MatchNext Match

    5. 18. Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.Previous MatchNext Match

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1Previous MatchNext Match

      Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry AdoptionPrevious MatchNext Match

      1. The States signatory to the present Convention.

      2. Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development...

      3. Recalling that each State should take, as a matter of...

      4. Recognizing that intercountry adoption may offer the advantage of a...

      5. Convinced of the necessity to take measures to ensure that...

      6. Desiring to establish common provisions to this effect, taking into...

      7. Have agreed upon the following provisions—

      8. Chapter I Scope of the Convention Article 1 The objects...Previous MatchNext Match

        1. Chapter I Scope of the ConventionPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 1Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The objects of the present Convention are—

          2. Article 2Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The Convention shall apply where a child habitually resident in...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.The Convention covers only adoptions which create a permanent parent-child...Previous MatchNext Match

          3. Article 3Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Convention ceases to apply if the agreements mentioned in...

        2. Chapter II Requirements for Intercountry AdoptionsPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 4Previous MatchNext Match

            1. An adoption within the scope of the Convention shall take...

          2. Article 5Previous MatchNext Match

            1. An adoption within the scope of the Convention shall take...

        3. Chapter III Central Authorities and Accredited BodiesPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 6Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.A Contracting State shall designate a Central Authority to discharge...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Federal States, States with more than one system of law...Previous MatchNext Match

          2. Article 7Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.Central Authorities shall co-operate with each other and promote co-operation...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.They shall take directly all appropriate measures to— Previous MatchNext Match

          3. Article 8Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Central Authorities shall take, directly or through public authorities, all...

          4. Article 9Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Central Authorities shall take, directly or through public authorities or...

          5. Article 10Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Accreditation shall only be granted to and maintained by bodies...

          6. Article 11Previous MatchNext Match

            1. An accredited body shall— (a) pursue only non-profit objectives according...

          7. Article 12Previous MatchNext Match

            1. A body accredited in one Contracting State may act in...

          8. Article 13Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The designation of the Central Authorities and, where appropriate, the...

        4. Chapter IV Procedural Requirements in Intercountry AdoptionPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 14Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Persons habitually resident in a Contracting State, who wish to...

          2. Article 15Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.If the Central Authority of the receiving State is satisfied...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.It shall transmit the report to the Central Authority of...Previous MatchNext Match

          3. Article 16Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.If the Central Authority of the State of origin is...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.It shall transmit to the Central Authority of the receiving...Previous MatchNext Match

          4. Article 17Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Any decision in the State of origin that a child...

          5. Article 18Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Central Authorities of both States shall take all necessary...

          6. Article 19Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The transfer of the child to the receiving State may...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.The Central Authorities of both States shall ensure that this...Previous MatchNext Match

            3. 3.If the transfer of the child does not take place,...Previous MatchNext Match

          7. Article 20Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Central Authorities shall keep each other informed about the...

          8. Article 21Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.Where the adoption is to take place after the transfer...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Having regard in particular to the age and degree of...Previous MatchNext Match

          9. Article 22Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The functions of a Central Authority under this Chapter may...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Any Contracting State may declare to the depositary of the...Previous MatchNext Match

            3. 3.A Contracting State which makes the declaration provided for in...Previous MatchNext Match

            4. 4.Any Contracting State may declare to the depositary of the...Previous MatchNext Match

            5. 5.Notwithstanding any declaration made under paragraph 2, the reports provided...Previous MatchNext Match

        5. Chapter V Recognition and Effects of the AdoptionPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 23Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.An adoption certified by the competent authority of the State...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Each Contracting State shall, at the time of signature, ratification,...Previous MatchNext Match

          2. Article 24Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The recognition of an adoption may be refused in a...

          3. Article 25Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Any Contracting State may declare to the depositary of the...

          4. Article 26Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The recognition of an adoption includes recognition of Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.In the case of an adoption having the effect of...Previous MatchNext Match

            3. 3.The preceding paragraphs shall not prejudice the application of any...Previous MatchNext Match

          5. Article 27Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.Where an adoption granted in the State of origin does...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Article 23 applies to the decision converting the adoption. Previous MatchNext Match

        6. Chapter VI General ProvisionsPrevious MatchNext Match

          1. Article 28Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Convention does not affect any law of a State...

          2. Article 29Previous MatchNext Match

            1. There shall be no contact between the prospective adoptive parents...

          3. Article 30Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The competent authorities of a Contracting State shall ensure that...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.They shall ensure that the child or his or her...Previous MatchNext Match

          4. Article 31Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Without prejudice to Article 30, personal data gathered or transmitted...

          5. Article 32Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.No one shall derive improper financial or other gain from...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Only costs and expenses, including reasonable professional fees of persons...Previous MatchNext Match

            3. 3.The directors, administrators and employees of bodies involved in an...Previous MatchNext Match

          6. Article 33Previous MatchNext Match

            1. Acompetentauthority which finds that any provision of the Convention has...

          7. Article 34Previous MatchNext Match

            1. If the competent authority of the State of destination of...

          8. Article 35Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The competent authorities of the contracting States shall act expeditiously...

          9. Article 36Previous MatchNext Match

            1. In relation to a State which has two or more...

          10. Article 37Previous MatchNext Match

            1. In relation to a State which with regard to adoption...

          11. Article 38Previous MatchNext Match

            1. A State within which different territorial units have their own...

          12. Article 39Previous MatchNext Match

            1. 1.The convention does not affect any international instrument to which...Previous MatchNext Match

            2. 2.Any Contracting State may enter into agreements with one or...Previous MatchNext Match

          13. Article 40Previous MatchNext Match

            1. No reservation to the Convention shall be permitted.

          14. Article 41Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Convention shall apply in every case where an application...

          15. Article 42Previous MatchNext Match

            1. The Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International...

    2. SCHEDULE 2Previous MatchNext Match

      Minor and consequential amendmentsPrevious MatchNext Match

      1. Local Authority and Social Services Act 1970 (c.42)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 1.In Schedule 1 to the Local Authority and Social Services...Previous MatchNext Match

      2. Immigration Act 1971 (c.77)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 2.In subsection (1) of section 33 of the Immigration Act...Previous MatchNext Match

      3. Adoption Act 1976 (c.36)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 3.(1) In subsection (2) of section 14 of the 1976...Previous MatchNext Match

      4. Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (c.28)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 4.(1) In subsection (2) of section 14 of the 1978...Previous MatchNext Match

      5. Family Law Act 1986 (c.55)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 5.In subsection (1) of section 57 of the Family Law...Previous MatchNext Match

    3. SCHEDULE 3Previous MatchNext Match

      RepealsPrevious MatchNext Match