Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999

2 Central Authorities and accredited bodies.E+W+S

(1)The functions under the Convention of the Central Authority are to be discharged—

(a)separately in relation to England and Scotland by the Secretary of State; and

(b)in relation to Wales by the National Assembly for Wales.

(2)A communication may be sent to the Central Authority in relation to any part of Great Britain by sending it (for forwarding if necessary) to the Central Authority in relation to England.

(3)An approved adoption society is an accredited body for the purposes of the Convention if the approval extends to the provision of facilities in respect of Convention adoptions and adoptions effected by Convention adoption orders.

(4)The functions under Article 9(a) to (c) of the Convention are to be discharged by local authorities and accredited bodies on behalf of the Central Authority.

(5)In this section in its application to England and Wales, “approved adoption society” has the same meaning as in Part I of the M1Adoption Act 1976 (“the 1976 Act”); and expressions which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

(6)In this section in its application to Scotland, “approved adoption society” has the same meaning as in section 65(1) (interpretation) of the M2Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (“the 1978 Act”); and expressions which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

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2 Central Authorities and accredited bodies.E+W+S

(1)The functions under the Convention of the Central Authority are to be discharged—

(a)separately in relation to England and Scotland by the Secretary of State; and

(b)in relation to Wales by the National Assembly for Wales.

[F1(2)A communication may be sent to the Central Authority in relation to any part of Great Britain by sending it (for forwarding if necessary) to the Central Authority in relation to England.]

[F2(2A)[F3A voluntary adoption agency in respect of which a person is registered under Part II of the Care Standards Act 2000][F3A registered adoption society] is an accredited body for the purposes of the Convention if, in accordance with the conditions of the registration, the [F4agency][F4society] may provide facilities in respect of Convention adoptions and adoptions effected by Convention adoption orders.]

[F5(2B)A registered adoption service is an accredited body for the purposes of the Convention if, in accordance with the conditions of its registration, the service may provide facilities in respect of Convention adoptions and adoptions effected by Convention adoption orders.]

(3)An approved adoption society is an accredited body for the purposes of the Convention if the approval extends to the provision of facilities in respect of Convention adoptions and adoptions effected by Convention adoption orders.

(4)The functions under Article 9(a) to (c) of the Convention are to be discharged by local authorities and accredited bodies on behalf of the Central Authority.

[F6(5)In this section, “registered adoption society” has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (basic definitions); and expressions used in this section in its application to England and Wales which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.]

[F7(5)In this section in its application to England and Wales, “voluntary adoption agency” has the same meaning as in the Care Standards Act 2000; and expressions which are also used in the M3Adoption Act 1976 (“the 1976 Act”) have the same meanings as in that Act.]

(6)In this section [F8in its application to Scotland], “approved adoption society” has the same meaning as in section 65(1) (interpretation) of the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 (“the 1978 Act”); and expressions [F9used in this section in its application to Scotland] which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

[F10(6)In this section in its application to Scotland, “registered adoption service” means an adoption service provided as mentioned in section 2(11)(b) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (asp 8) and registered under Part 1 of that Act; and “registration” shall be construed accordingly.]

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F1S. 2(2) repealed (S.) (prosp.) by 2001 asp 8, ss. 79, 81(2), Sch. 3 para. 22(a)

F3S. 2(2A): words “A registered adoption society” substituted (prosp.) for words from “A voluntary”to “2000” by 2002 c. 38, ss. 139, 148(1), Sch. 3 para. 97(a) (with Sch. 4 paras. 6-8)

F4In s. 2(2A) word “society” substituted (prosp.) for word “agency”by 2002 c. 38, ss. 139, 148(1), Sch. 3 para. 97(b) (with Sch. 4 paras. 6-8)

F5S. 2(2B) inserted (S.) (prosp.) by 2001 asp 8, ss. 79, 81(2), Sch. 3 para. 22(b)

F6S. 2(5) substituted (prosp.) by 2002 c. 38, ss. 139, 148(1), Sch. 3 para. 98(with Sch. 4 paras. 6-8)

F7S. 2(5) substituted (prosp.) by 2000 c. 14, ss.116, 122, Sch. 4 para. 27(b)

F9Words in s. 2(6) inserted (prosp.) by 2002 c. 38, ss. 139, 148(1), Sch. 3 para. 99(b) (with Sch. 4 paras. 6-8)

F10S. 2(6) substituted (S.) (prosp.) by 2001 asp 8, ss. 79, 81(2), Sch. 3 para. 22(c)

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