Adoption – Application. The appellant had cared for a child for the first 18 months of his life. She was not related to him. The local authority obtained a placement order in respect of the child and he was placed with prospective adopters. The appellant applied within the adoption proceedings for leave to oppose. That application was refused and the judge also considered that any application that might be made by the appellant for a residence order under s 10(9) of the Children Act 1989 would be unjustified. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that the appellant's application could have been dealt with as an application for leave to apply for a residence order under s 29(4) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 but, on its merits, her application would be dismissed.