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Clare, Solicitor
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Can an adoption order be varied or ended. I am an adoptive

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Can an adoption order be varied or ended. I am an adoptive parent whose child had to be returned to the care system because she bought six thugs round to our house (one of whom was a known knife carrier) to beat us up. This was a pre-mediated act and was the end of the line for us. However, we still retail full legal responsibility and the expected outcome was for her to be returned to the family home. This was three years ago and I am now at the end of my tether having continually battled with Social Services to get help and support all to no avail. Now that I have informed them that I wish to relinquish my parenting responsibility, they are beginning to sit up and listen, but for me it is too little too late.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Michael Holly replied 3 years ago.

I am not sure what you want to do here , lose the adoption order or sue social services?

Best wishes


Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
How old is the child now and where is she living
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The child is 16 and has been, and still does live, in a residential therapeutic care home which is an approved local authority home. I have been told by the social worker that I cannot relinquish my parental responsibility but I can "withdraw." They will still be obliged to keep me informed of matters, but I do not have to engage. We have another adopted son (brother) and they have contact once every three weeks. About 12 months ago the LA threatened us with pursuing shared legal responsiblity unless we agreed that our daughter could have contact with her birth mother. Therefore they can take away/share legal responsibility, but I cannot relinquish responsibility. This seems very one sided to me.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
The only way that you can relinquish PR is of the child is adopted by some one else
Adoption Orders cannot be revoked.
The Local Authority can take Care Proceedings and share Parental Responsibility with you - but they cannot take it away from you.
I am afraid that the option to withdraw is the only one that is available to you
I am sorry to give such bad news
Please ask if you need further details