What is a Placement Order?
A placement order is a legal ruling made by the court which allows a Local Authority to place a child with approved prospective adoptive parents. The adopters would have passed all the checks and are deemed a suitable match for the child. This order does not mean the child has been adopted but it allows the Local Authority to begin making plans to adopt the child.
When would my child be adopted?
Any child that is placed for adoption would be subject to further court proceedings. The local authority will have to apply for an Adoption Order and any parent would be given notice of that application.
A Placement Order application more often than not will arise in Care Proceedings where the plan put forward by the Local Authority is to adopt your child or children. It will be important that you are represented in these proceedings so if you are not please contact us straight away and we can discuss your case further with you.
Please see our free fact sheet on Placement Orders that answers some commonly asked questions.