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How old is your son?
Was the biological father named on the birth certificate?
As the adoption order would remove the opportunity for the biological father to obtain PR, the social worker is obliged to make contact and notify the biological parent that they can apply for leave to challenge the adoption - it's part of the legal process.
The likelihood of a successful challenge is very slim though, if there has been no contact for 16 years and your son views your husband as his father.
Yours son's views are important because of his age too.
So whilst it is a legal step that has to be completed, it should hopefully not impact on the eventual outcome.
Is there anything I can clarify?
OK. In this case the SW has overstepped the mark in my view. For example, the biological father has no right to know the location of his son if you wished to keep this information private. Have you raised this with the SW;s line manager?
Is this an agency or the local authority completing the assessment?
OK. I would suggest making a formal complaint to the council. The important point is that your son's welfare and potential safety have been compromised - the SW knew nothing of the biological father and whether or not he posed a risk to your son. So by pressurising him into making contact and by revealing your location she has not acted in his best interests. Again I don't think it will compromise the application, but there are still grounds for a complaint.
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