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8. What is the process for applying for the discharge of an adoption order?

What is the process for applying for the discharge of an adoption order?

Answer

A formal application needs to be made to the Court. Application forms are available from the Court website.

During adoption proceedings, the Court may require the Department for child Protection to conduct an investigation about the application and prepare a report for the Court's consideration. 

The person making the application should meet with a social worker from the department as part of the investigation. 

The purpose of the investigation is to assist the Court to determine the implications for the adopted person's welfare, interests and rights that might flow from the proposed discharge. 

A social worker may contact several people where appropriate and necessary to complete the report for the Court. This may include members of the adopted person's birth and adoptive families, and other significant people in their lives.