Clause 41 - Child to live with adopters before application

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 29 November 2001.

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Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Conservative, Huntingdon 2:45, 29 November 2001

I, too, support the amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for North Dorset. I agree that the times often seem irrational. If a child lived with adult friends who wished to adopt it, but the child was not placed, I believe that the three-year rule would come into play. If it were an older child, those three years could make the process irrelevant in practice. Missing from the provisions is what the child may want. If that older child were to consent to the process, it could be realistic for the three-year rule not to apply. I leave that thought with the Minister.