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The Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005

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Persons for whom arrangements must be in place

4.—(1) This regulation prescribes, for the purposes of section 3(3)(a) of the 2002 Act, the description of persons for whom arrangements for the provision of adoption support services must be in place.

(2) Counselling advice and information to —

(a)children who may be adopted, their adoptive parents, natural parents and guardians;

(b)persons wishing to adopt a child;

(c)adopted persons, their adoptive parents, natural parents and former guardians; and

(d)children who are natural siblings (whether of full blood or half blood) of an adoptive child.

(3) Financial support under regulation 11 for an adoptive parent of an adoptive child.

(4) The services mentioned in regulation 3(b) (services to enable discussion) must be in place for —

(a)an adoptive parent of an agency adoptive child;

(b)an agency adoptive child; and

(c)a natural parent whose child has been placed for adoption by an agency or has been adopted following such a placement.

(5) The services mentioned in regulation 3(c) (contact) must be in place for —

(a)an adoptive parent of an agency adoptive child;

(b)an agency adoptive child;

(c)a natural parent whose child has been placed for adoption by an agency or has been adopted following such placement; and

(d)a related person.

(6) The services mentioned in regulation 3(d) (therapeutic services) must be in place for—

(a)an agency adoptive child; and

(b)an adoptive child in respect of whom the restrictions in section 83 of the 2002 Act (restrictions on bringing children in) apply; and

(c)an adoptive child in the case of a Convention adoption order.

(7) The services mentioned in regulation 3(e) and (f) (assistance for the purposes of ensuring the continuance of relationships and assistance where disruption of an adoption placement has occurred) must be in place for —

(a)an agency adoptive child; and

(b)an adoptive child in respect of whom the restrictions in section 83 of the 2002 Act (restrictions on bringing children in) apply;

(c)an adoptive child in the case of a Convention adoption order;

(d)an adoptive parent of a child mentioned in (a) to (c); and

(e)a child of such an adoptive parent.

(8) The arrangements referred to in paragraph (1) in respect of any service are required to be made whether or not the local authority has decided to provide the service to any person.

(9) The services specified in section 2(6)(a) of the 2002 Act or prescribed in regulation (3)(b) to (f) may include making arrangements with other persons for the purpose of providing those services.

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