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BACK HOME WITH YOUR CHILD


1. Entering the UK

2. Visiting the Doctor

3. Contacting Social Worker

4. Applying for an Adoption Order

5. Obtaining a Birth Certificate

6. Obtaining the British Passport

7. Post Placement Updates

 


1. Entering the UK

Please note, both parents must travel to the UK with the baby for the baby to be granted entry into the UK.

The UK does not recognise the effects of an adoption order made in Pakistan and thus you will need to adopt your child again in the UK. Once you have brought your child to the UK, you must tell your local authority that you have adopted the child under Pakistan law and let them know that you intend to adopt the child under UK law. This intention must be given in writing within 14 days of entering the UK. Failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by up to three months in prison and/or a fine up to £5000.

 

2. Visiting the Doctor

Take your child to your GP and have the child registered. It is important to get the necessary immunisations during the time in Pakistan and give the information to your GP.

A Health Visitor will visit you at home soon after to ensure that both you and the baby are settling in and give any advice or support as necessary. The Health visitor will give a record book titled ‘Personal Child Health Record’ which is about your child’s health, growth and development over the first 5 years. It is an important book that is useful on all visits to the surgery, health clinic or hospital. It will also record all immunisations given to the child. Ensure the Health visitor transfers all the immunisations done in Pakistan in to the Record book.

 

3. Contacting Social Worker

Until you have adopted your child under UK law, your local authority is required to carry out periodic visits to your home to review the welfare of your child. Your social worker will prepare a report on you and your child for presentation to the court in connection with your application for an adoption order. Once the adoption order is made, your social worker will no longer need to visit you or your child. An adoption order may not be made until the child has lived with you for at least six months.

 

4. Applying for an Adoption Order

An application to adopt must be submitted in the High Court. You will need to appoint a solicitor that deals with inter-country adoption, preferably with experience of Pakistani adoption cases. A Court Guardian is appointed to visit you and report to the court that all the necessary procedures have been followed and that the adoption would be in the child’s best interest.

The Court will also inform the Home Office as they may wish to attend the Court as the child is still subject to immigration control. It is the adoptive parents’ responsibility to ensure that the child’s adoption visa (given for a year) is still valid otherwise it will need to be renewed.

The Court will need to be presented with the Local Authority report, the Court Guardian’s report, any concerns raised by the Home Office, copies of the applicants passports, birth certificates etc and proof that the child has been abandoned (such abandonment certificate, information about Edhi and the Jhoola service and the newspaper advertisements given by the courts in Pakistan). If the Judge is satisfied with the relevant information, an Adoption Order will be issued.

 

5. Obtaining a Birth Certificate

The High Court informs the General Register Office of the Adoption Order. The General Register Office registers the adoption in the Adopted Children Register as a new birth entry and issues a free short Adoption (Birth) certificate and an application to apply for further (short or full) copies. The entire process may take up to six weeks. The Adopted Children Register is not open to public inspection or search.

 

6. Obtaining the British Passport

On receipt of the Birth Certificate, an application can be made to apply for a British passport. For further information, please see the Passport Office website http://www.passport.gov.uk/index.asp

 

7. Post Placement Updates

The requirement for post-placement updates on the child varies depending on the agency you adopt from in Pakistan. However, it is a good idea to send regular updates to the placement agency on your child. An update every 6 months till the child is 5 years old is a positive gesture that provides positive feedback on the child's progress to the agency and paves the way for other families adopting from the same place.

 

 
 
     
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