A and another v A local authority and another

Adoption – Order. The applicants applied to adopt a child, C. During the course of the pregnancy and around the time of C's birth, they paid sums of money to the parents, various sums of which were subsequently repaid. The Family Division held that it was in C's welfare best interests that he be made the subject of an adoption order in favour of the applicants. There had been no attempt to hide the arrangement from the authorities because the arrangement, although contravening s 92 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, had been a genuine and sincere arrangement, and not in any sense a commercial arrangement which was contrary to the interests of C.

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