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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 38: Local authority foster parents

122.Where a local authority foster parent has given notice of intention to adopt, which they may do once the child has lived with them for one year, then the child may only be removed with the leave of the court, by a local authority or other person in the exercise of a power conferred by any enactment or, if the child is voluntarily accommodated under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, by a person who has parental responsibility for the child (subsection (5)).  But where the child has been with the foster carer for 5 years or more or an application for leave to make an application to adopt has been made but not disposed of, the right of a person with parental responsibility for the child under section 20(8) of the Children Act 1989 to remove a child does not apply (subsections (2) and (3)).

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