Acquisition of parental responsibility by step-parent (Clause 107)

Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 21 November 2001.

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This is a positive addition and provides an alternative to adoption and thus not severing the child's link with the birth parents. We would wish to seek reassurance that, where the child had sufficient understanding, the court is aware of the child's wishes and feelings when considering any application for this order.