Adult Adoption Information Act 1985

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Access to information

3 Birth parent may restrict access to identifying information
  • (1) Either birth parent of a person adopted before the 1st day of March 1986 may at any time request the Registrar-General to have the original entry of the birth of that person endorsed to the effect that that person is not to have access to identifying information relating to the person making the request.

    (2) The following provisions shall apply to every request under subsection (1) of this section:

    • (a) The Registrar-General shall inform the person making that request of the counselling available in the area in which that person lives, from social workers and approved persons and organisations:

    • (b) That person shall indicate to the Registrar-General whether or not that person desires counselling:

    • (c) If that person indicates that that person desires counselling, the Registrar-General shall take no further action until that person requests the Registrar-General to proceed with the original request:

    • (d) If that person—

      • (i) Indicates that that person does not desire counselling; or

      • (ii) Under paragraph (c) of this subsection requests the Registrar-General to proceed with the original request,—

      the Registrar-General shall cause the original entry of the birth of the adopted person concerned to be endorsed accordingly, and to be endorsed also with the date on which it was so endorsed.

    (3) The fact that there is upon the original entry of the birth of any person one unexpired endorsement under subsection (2) of this section relating to any person shall not prevent a further endorsement under that subsection relating to that person.

    (4) Subject to subsection (5) of this section, every endorsement under subsection (2) of this section shall continue in force until the expiration of 10 years from the date of its making, and shall then expire.

    (5) A birth parent of an adopted person may at any time request the Registrar-General to have removed from the original entry of that person's birth all endorsements under subsection (2) of this section relating to that parent; and in that case the Registrar-General shall cause that entry to be noted accordingly, and those endorsements shall then expire.