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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.

If you want to revoke consent

After giving consent, you have 30 days to reconsider your decision. This is called a ‘revocation period’ and gives you some time to test out and consider being permanently separated from your child.

Your child is normally cared for by temporary foster parents while you are considering your options and during the 30 day revocation period. Your adoption worker can arrange for you to see your child during this period.

If you don't revoke your consent, and if your child is well, your child will be placed with prospective parents very soon after the revocation period has expired.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019