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Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

Section 62 - Declaration of special restrictions on adoptions from abroad

228.This section applies where the Scottish Ministers believe that it would be contrary to public policy to continue bringing children into the United Kingdom, in the cases outlined in subsection (2), from a country or territory outside the British Islands (the “relevant country”) due to practices taking place in that country or territory. Subsection (2) specifies two cases under which a child should not be brought into the country where this section would apply. The first is where a British resident wishes to bring into the United Kingdom for the purpose of adoption a child who is not a British resident and there have been, or would have to be, proceedings or dealings with authorities or agencies in the relevant country concerning the proposed adoption. The second case is where within the last 12 months a British resident has adopted a child in a relevant country and wishes to bring that child into the United Kingdom.

229.Subsection (3) allows the Scottish Ministers to declare by order that special restrictions are to apply for the time being to any relevant country in relation to the bringing in of children in the cases mentioned in subsection (2). Scottish Ministers will be able to apply restrictions to the bringing of children into the United Kingdom from outwith the British Islands who are adopted under the law of that country, or are brought into the United Kingdom for the purposes of adoption.

230.The Scottish Ministers must publish the reasons for making the declaration and a list of the restricted countries. Subsections (5) and (6) require the list to be kept up to date and for it to be published in such a way as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate for bringing it, and the reasons for the declaration, to the attention of adoption agencies and the public.

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