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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 95: Power to charge

Section 95 provides the Department with the power to charge a fee to adopters or prospective adopters for services provided or to be provided by the Department in relation to intercountry adoptions (subsection (2)). The Department may determine how much to charge, and may, in particular, charge a single flat fee or set different fees for different cases (subsection (3)), providing the fee income received, taking one financial year with another, is not greater than the cost of providing the services (subsection (4)). Subsection (3) also provides the Department with discretion to waive the fee in any given case.

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