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Changes to vetoes

27B Directions ('vetoes') operate to prevent the release of identifying information about one party to the other parties to an adoption. Adoption vetoes only apply to adoptions that were completed in South Australia before 17 August 1989. 

As of 18 December 2017, the provisions allowing for directions (or 'vetoes') have been removed from the Adoption Act. This means the legal ability to lodge a section 27B direction (or 'veto') no longer exists. 

All vetoes in place at 18 December 2017 will continue to have effect for 5 years to 17 December 2022 unless revoked earlier. 

These changes commenced on 18 December 2017. 

No person can place a new veto or renew an existing veto with the department. 

For more information, read the frequently asked questions below. 

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 (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: DCPAdoptionReview [at] sa.gov.au
Phone: 8226 6840