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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 48: Restrictions on making adoption orders

144.Section 48 provides that a court may not hear an application for an adoption order where a previous application by the same adopters in respect of the same child was refused, unless it appears to the court that there is a change of circumstances or other reason which justifies the second application.

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