If you are a prospective adopter who has recently received a qualifying determination which you don’t agree with, you have two options:
However, you can not do both. The cost of having your case reviewed is met by your agency.
The Adoption IRM is a review process conducted by a Review Panel which is independent of adoption agencies.
If you choose to use the IRM the review panel will:
The Review Panel considers the following information to make its recommendation:
If the Review Panel needs further information, this will be requested from your adoption agency before the panel meeting, unless it would be more appropriate to ask you directly.
You will be invited to attend the meeting and the Review Panel will meet with yourself and the adoption agency to ask for clarification of information contained in the reports. The panel will also obtain legal advice and medical advice, should it wish to do so.
The Review Panel makes its recommendation and will provide a copy of both its recommendation and reasons to the adoption agency and to you.
The adoption agency must take this recommendation into account as well as the recommendation of the original adoption panel when making its final decision on your suitability to adopt a child.
A "qualifying determination" is a determination made by an adoption agency that it considers a prospective adopter is not suitable to adopt a child, and does not propose to approve him/her as suitable to adopt a child. A qualifying determination may be given in respect of an application to adopt a child from the UK or from outside the British Islands. It may be issued after either a brief or full prospective adopter's report has been prepared and considered by the adoption panel and agency, or where the agency decides following a review of their approval to change an earlier decision to approve the prospective adopter and that too has been considered by the adoption panel.