Child adoption abroad: text for standard letters of no objection

Letter confirming the British national(s) in question are not resident in the UK and the child isn't being adopted under British legislation.


Text for standard letters of no objection

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The ‘no objection’ letter has the sole function of confirming that the British national(s) in question are no longer habitually resident in the UK, and that as the child is not being adopted under British adoption legislation, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and British consulates have no further role in the matter.

There is no scope or provision to amend the letter, which is designed for this specific purpose. It is not for the British embassy, high commission or consulate to agree whether the applicants are suitable or eligible to adopt the child, or whether the child is adoptable.

To obtain the ‘no objection’ letter, the prospective adopters must first obtain independent legal advice to confirm that they are in fact not resident in the British Isles, and then swear a statement witnessed by a lawyer that states: “I confirm that I have received independent legal advice and with reference to all circumstances of my particular case and in light of existing UK law, I can confirm that I am not habitually resident in the British Isles”.

You should bring this sworn statement to the British embassy, high commission or consulate. The embassy will issue the letter of no objection to the inter-country adoption.

See Child adoption overseas: country-specific information.

Published 10 May 2013
Last updated 19 February 2014 + show all updates
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