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Act of Sederunt (Child Care and Maintenance Rules) 1997

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Consents and agreements to adoption orders

2.23—(1) A consent to an order required by section 12(8) of the Act (need for child’s consent)(1), or an agreement required by section 16(1) of the Act (parental agreement)(2), or such an agreement where the application is made by a person to whom section 15(1)(aa) of the Act (adoption by one person)(3) applies, if given in writing shall be in Form 4, 13 or 14 as appropriate and such form duly executed shall be sufficient evidence of such consent or agreement.

(2) A form of consent or agreement executed outwith the United Kingdom shall be sufficient evidence of such consent or agreement if it is witnessed–

(a)where the person who executes the form is serving in Her Majesty’s Forces, by an officer holding a commission in any of those forces; or

(b)in any other case, by a British diplomatic or consular officer, or any person authorised to administer an oath or affirmation under the law of the place where the consent or agreement is executed.


Section 12(8) was substituted by the Age of Legal Capacity (Scotland) Act 1991 (c. 50), section 2(3)(a).


Section 16(1) was amended by the Children Act 1989 (c. 41), Schedule 10, paragraph 34.


Section 15(1)(aa) was inserted by the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, section 97(2)(a).

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