10 Special Guardianship

Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21 November 2001.

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After Adoption welcomes the introduction of special guardianship orders in clause 110. We feel this will provide a valuable option for some children for whom adoption is inappropriate. Many children placed with grandparents or other extended families will be able to have the security of this order. Some children do not want to severe their legal link with their Birth Family and do not want to change their names. We feel that this order will be right for these children.

We welcome the changes in the Bill in Chapter 2, Amendments to the Children Act 1989, section 14 F, the inclusion of provision of support services.