Search Legislation

Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 35: Authority foster parents

Where an authority foster parent has given notice of intention to adopt, which they may do once the child has lived with them for one year, then the child may only be removed with the leave of the court, by an adoption authority or other person in exercise of a power conferred by any statutory provision or, if the child is voluntarily accommodated under Article 21 of the Children Order, by a person who has parental responsibility for the child (subsection (5)). However, where the child has been with the authority foster parent for 5 years or more or an application for leave to make an application to adopt has been made but not disposed of, the right of a person with parental responsibility for the child under Article 22(2) of the Children Order to remove a child does not apply (subsections (2) and (3)).

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the Northern Ireland Assembly department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes accompany all Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources