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The adoption process for birth parents

Information about signing the consent form for adoption, what to do if you change your mind, your child's name before and after adoption, what personal information you can give to your child, and your say in who the adoptive parents are.

Information about you and other family members

People who have been adopted have a great need to know about their birth family – who they are, what they are like, their family medical history and the reasons for their adoption.

The adoption worker will ask you for personal information about you, your family and your family's health. The information you provide to DCJ may be included in a "Life Story", which is written for your child. This information will be in a non-identifying form, unless you have given your permission for identifying information to be provided to the adoptive parents and your child. You may participate in preparing this information.

Adoptive parents are expected to help children understand and learn about their adoption and are encouraged to tell the child they are adopted from an early age. The adoptive parents are also encouraged to share as much as possible about a child's birth parents, so the child has positive feelings about his or her birth family.

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Last updated: 17 Oct 2019