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Here are the details of who you need to contact if you would like to make an application for an independent review of your adoption case.

Prospective adopters how to apply

The only people who can apply to the review panel are those whose adoption agency notifies them that it does not consider them suitable to be adoptive parents or withdraws their approval and the adoption panel last considered their case on or after 30 April 2004 For prospective adopters applying to adopt under the Hague Convention their case must have been considered by the adoption panel on or after August 20th 2004.

Making your application

Your application must be made in writing and include the following:

  • The reasons why you disagree with your adoption agency's determination;
  • the date of the letter you received from your adoption agency informing you of the determination
  • the name and address of your adoption agency. This will enable us to obtain from them the information which the Review Panel will need.

You must make your application within 40 working days from the date of the adoption agency's letter.

You can send your application to us by post, fax or email. It is important that you do not send your application to any other address since this will delay the review panel considering your application.


Contract Manager,
Independent Review Mechanism (IRM)
Unit 4,
Pavilion Business Park,
Royds Hall Road,
LS12 6AJ

Tel No: 0845 450 39560845 450 3956 (charged at local rate)
Fax: 0845 450 3957


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