The forthcoming Adoption and Children Act 2002 is designed to promote the wider use of adoption, to improve performance of the adoption services and to place the needs of children at the center of the adoption process. The Act will also reform the need for parental consent to adoption. Adoption: The Modern Law explains in detail the new legislation and sets it in the context of adoption law more generally. The book also provides a comprehensive analysis of the law and practice in respect to inter-country adoptions, human rights issues and all relevant case-law. Written by two of the foremost experts on the subject, it covers all the key issues raised by the new law. This book is indispensable for all involved in adoption work - family lawyers, adoption and fostering agencies, and social services personnel. It includes the full text of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.