Giving Due Consideration to Ethnicity in Adoption Placements: A Principled Approach
Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sunderland
March 29, 2012
Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 255-268, 2003
The Adoption and Children Act 2002 requires that ‘due consideration’ is given to ethnicity in adoption placements. However, if too much consideration is given to ethnicity, then the obligation to give paramount consideration to the child’s welfare may be compromised. To resolve this problem, ethnicity should be considered only where all factors relating to a child’s needs and wishes leave a decision maker with equally acceptable placement choices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: family law, child law, The Adoption and Children Act 2002, adoption placements, ethnicityAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 1, 2012
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