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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. 

This application can be made by the Department for Child Protection on behalf of the person wanting the discharge so that they do not have to appear in court.

As part of the discharge process, the Court will require the department to investigate the circumstances of the adoption and prepare a report. The adopted person will need to meet with a social worker from the department as part of the investigation. 

The investigation will be used by the Court to determine all the implications for the adopted person's welfare, interests and rights that might flow from the proposed discharge.

The social worker may need to 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.