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4. What is a statement of wishes

What is a Statement of Wishes?

Answer

A person whose veto is to expire after the 5 year transition period may make a Statement of Wishes about contact with the other party. This statement will be held into the future by the Department for Child Protection and by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. 

If adoption information related to a Statement of Wishes is to be released any time into the future after the 5 year transition period, the Department for Child Protection and/or the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages must ensure that the Statement of Wishes accompanies the adoption information that is released. 

This ensures that the party receiving the information knows what the other party thinks about whether or not they want contact.