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The Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 1996

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Provision of information to courts by adoption agencies

22.—(1) Where application is made to a court–

(a)by an adoption agency for an order under section 18 of the Act freeing a child for adoption; or

(b)by a person proposing to adopt a child and with whom the child has been placed by an adoption agency under the Act and in accordance with these regulations,

the adoption agency shall provide, within such period as may be specified in a timetable drawn up by the court under section 25A of the Act and in accordance with any directions given by the court under that section, a report to the court to which application has been made giving such information on the background and circumstances of the child, his family and (where appropriate) the persons proposing to adopt him as it has been able to discover in accordance with these Regulations and any other matters relevant to the operation of section 6 of the Act (duty to promote welfare of child) as read with section 6A or as may be required by the court in accordance with section 23 of the Act (reports where child placed by agency).

(2) The adoption agency shall also provide to the court to which an application specified in paragraph (1) has been made any report by a children’s hearing providing advice on the application obtained in terms of section 73(13) of the 1995 Act or that provision as applied by section 22A(3) of the Act.

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