Consultation on Transitional Adoption Support Services

Consultation opened on 27 October 2022. Closing date 19 January 2023.


This consultation invites people to express their views on the proposed transitional adoption support services arrangements that the Department intends to put in place as part of implementation of the Adoption and Children Act (NI) 2022.


Consultation description

The aim of the consultation is to seek views on the policy proposals that will underpin the provisions to be included in the Adoption Support Services (Transitional Arrangements) Regulations that the Department intend to make.  These Regulations, once made, will provide for a transitional framework for adoption support services under existing legislation – the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.  The policy intention is, as part of these initial transitional arrangements, to ensure that adoption support services are available for adoptive families.

The Department welcomes any comments or views on the proposals set out in this document. Comments can be submitted using the consultation response form via e-mail to:

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