Adoption does remove parental responsibility from the child’s birth parents. Normally those with parental responsibility would have to consent to the adoption of their child, but the adoption process could proceed without their consent if the court believes that the child would be at risk if not adopted or if they are incapable of giving consent.

Parental responsibility refers to the legal rights and duties that mothers and fathers have as parents. Having parental responsibility means that you can make important decisions about the child, such as choosing where they go to school, whether they can have specific medical treatment, or choosing which religion the child is brought up with. 

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