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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 45: Restrictions on making adoption orders

Section 45 provides that a court may not hear an application for an adoption order in relation to a child, where a previous application, including an application for an English, Scottish or Welsh adoption order, or for an order for adoption made in the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands, made by the same persons in relation to the same child, was refused by any court, unless, in refusing the previous application, the court directed that this paragraph should not apply, or it appears to the court that there is a change of circumstances or other reason which justifies the second application.

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