A53 Form (Post Adoption Contact)

Posted on Sunday, 30th Aug, 2015 at 09:53:31 PM
Application for a contact order
Section 26 Adoption and Children Act 2002

This form is for use only if you are applying for a contact order under Section 26 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or an order under section 51A of the Act.

If you are attaching any previous court order to your application, it must be a sealed copy of the order (that is, a copy that has been stamped with the seal of the court) or a certified copy if made by a magistrates court (a copy certified by the court officer to be a true copy of the original order), or a copy that bears the stamp of the originating court. An order issued by any other authority must be properly authenticated by that authority. If you are in any
doubt about what is needed, please contact the court for assistance.

An application to the court for a contact order may be made by:
the child;
the adoption agency;
any parent, guardian or relative;
any person in whose favour there was a child arrangements order determining with whom the child should have contact under the Children Act 1989 which ceased to have effect by virtue of section 26(1) of the 2002 Act;
a person who had the benefit of a child arrangements order determining where the child should live immediately before the adoption agency was authorised to place the child for adoption, or placed the child for adoption at a time when he/she was less than six weeks old;
a person who by virtue of an order made in the exercise of the High Courts inherent jurisdiction with respect to children (wardship) had care of the child immediately before the adoption agency was authorised to place the child for adoption, or placed the child for adoption at a time when he/she was less than six weeks old; or
any person who has the permission of the court to make the application.

An application for the courts permission must be made under Part 18 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, using form FP2.

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