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Adopting a child in Guernsey

Adopting a child in Guernsey

Adoption is a term used to describe the legal process whereby parental rights and responsibilities for a child are conferred on a person who is not the child's birth parent. There are different categories of adoption which are referred to briefly here.

Domestic adoption

There is a whole system to recruit, assess and prepare adopters for children where a decision has been made in court, that they cannot live with their birth parents. There are a small number of babies whose parents have decided, voluntarily, that they cannot be a parent to that child.

Inter-country adoption

Children and Family Community Services has an agreement with IAC The Centre for Adoption to advise enquirers about adopting a child from abroad. Should you require further information on Inter Country Adoption, please in the first instance contact IAC The Centre for Adoption on 0208 447 4753. Alternatively you can email

Step parents

This is for situations where a birth parent, whose child lives with them, has a partner who is not the other birth parent and who wishes to become a legal parent to the child. 

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