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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 25: Parental responsibility

91.Section 25 makes provision for who is to have parental responsibility where an agency is authorised to place a child for adoption under section 19 or where a placement order is in force. Parental responsibility for the child is given to the agency (subsection (2)) and while the child is placed with prospective adopters, parental responsibility is given to them (subsection (3)). The child’s parents retain parental responsibility throughout the process, up to the point at which any adoption order is made.

92.Undersubsection (4) it is for the agency to determine the extent to which the parental responsibility of any parent or guardian or of prospective adopters is to be restricted.

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