Adoption Act, 1976

Adoption orders not to be declared invalid if declarations not in best interests of children concerned.

5.—(1) An adoption order shall not be declared invalid by a court if the court, after hearing any persons who, in the opinion of the court, ought to be heard, is satisfied—

(a) that it would not be in the best interests of the child concerned to make such a declaration, and

(b) that it would be proper, having regard to those interests and to the rights under the Constitution of all persons concerned, not to make such a declaration.

(2) An adoption order shall be deemed for all purposes to be and at all times since its making to have been a valid adoption order unless it is declared invalid by a court.