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Adoption form changes – November 2016

11th November 2016

HM Court Service has amended a range of Adoption forms and associated Adoption guidance notes in relation to changes to adoption rules which come into effect on 14 November 2016. The changes to the forms listed below reflect amendments being brought in which will result in prospective adopters being automatically assigned a serial number in adoption and related applications to preserve their confidentiality. 

The associated Rule amendment can be found in the Family Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2016

The Adoption forms and guidance notes that have been amended are:-

  • A53 – Application for a contact order (Section 26 Adoption and Children Act 2002 or an order for contact or prohibiting contact under section 51A of the Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A53 Notes – Application for a contact order under section 26 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or an order under section 51A of the Act (Form A53).  Notes on completing the form
  • A54 – Application for variation or revocation of a contact order (Section 27(1)(b) or Section 51B(1)(c) Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A54 Notes – Application for variation or revocation of a contact order made under section 27(1)(b) or section 51B(1)(c) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Form A54). Notes on completing the form
  • A55 – Application for permission to change a child's surname (Section 28 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A55 Notes – Application for permission to change a child's surname (Form A55). Notes on completing the form
  • A56 – Application for permission to remove a child from the United Kingdom (Section 28 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A56 Notes – Application for permission to remove a child from the United Kingdom (Form A56).  Notes on completing the form
  • A57 – Application for a recovery order (Section 41 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A57 Notes – Application for a recovery order (Form A57).  Notes on completing the form
  • A58 – Application for an adoption order (Section 46 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A58 Notes – Application for an adoption order (Form A58). Notes on completing the form
  • A59 – Application for a convention adoption order (Section 46 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A59 Notes – Application for a convention adoption order (Form A59). Notes on completing the form
  • A60 – Application for an adoption order (excluding a Convention adoption order) where the child is habitually resident outside the British Islands and is brought into the United Kingdom for the purposes of adoption (Section 46 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A60 Notes – Application for an adoption order (excluding a convention adoption order) where the child is habitually resident outside the British Islands and is brought into the United Kingdom for the purposes of adoption (Form A60). Notes on completing the form
  • A61 – Application for an order for parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (Section 84 Adoption and Children Act 2002)
  • A61 Notes - Application for an order for parental responsibility prior to adoption abroad (Form A61).  Notes on completing the form

The new versions are available in FormEvo now. HMCTS have advised that these new November editions are for use from 14th November 2016.

Whilst updating these forms we have taken the opportunity to add further time saving features that have been applied to the full Adoption forms range available in FormEvo.

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