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Changes to discharging adoption orders

The Adoption (Review) Amendment Act 2016 has enabled a Court to discharge an adoption order.

'Discharge of an adoption order' means the undoing or removing of the legal effect of an adoption order. If the Court grants a discharge, then the adoption ceases to exist and the person is no longer an adopted person or legally connected to the family that adopted them. They become legally reconnected to their birth family.  

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Adoption Support

To talk to someone about getting support for how these changes might affect you, you can contact:

Post Adoption Support Services (non-government)

Email: passinfo [at] rasa.org.au
Phone: (08) 8245 8100

Department for Child Protection adoption services unit (government)

Email: adoptions [at] sa.gov.au
Phone: 8463 3666

Adoption Act Review Office

Policy staff are available to help you with your queries about the Act. 

Email: DECDFamiliesAdoptionReview [at] sa.gov.au
Phone: 8226 6840