What identifying information about me will the other parties be able to get?
The other parties will be able to get identifying information about you that was collected by Families SA at the time of the adoption.
They will also be able to get some marriage/change of name details from the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry, which may allow them to do some further searching through electoral rolls and other publicly available sources of information.
What does the Bill say about changing the veto system currently in place?
The Bill provides for adoption information vetoes to be removed 5 years after the date the Bill comes into law.
Vetoes prevent the release of identifying information about one party to the other parties to an adoption.
Will my current veto immediately expire? If not, when will it expire?
All vetoes currently in place will expire at the end of the 5-year transition period.
Vetoes that are due to expire before the end of the 5-year transition period will be extended until the end of that 5-year period unless they are revoked earlier by the person who has placed the veto.
What is a Statement of Wishes?
A person whose veto expires 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 Families SA and by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
When will the changes to the adoption veto law take effect?
The Bill has not yet been passed in the South Australian Parliament. If this law is passed, then the Governor will set a date for when the law comes into effect. The 5-year transition period will start on that date.
Before the Bill becomes law, new Adoption Regulations need to be written and passed by the Parliament to enable the new laws to operate effectively.
I have a veto in place. How can I stop someone getting identifying information about me from the adoption file?
While your veto is in place, your identifying information cannot be released.
After the end of the 5-year transition period, if the other parties apply for it, identifying information about you that is currently held in the adoption file can be made available to them.
Will there be a contact veto system?
No. There will be no adoption veto system of any kind in South Australia after the 5-year transition period ends.
Do I have to have contact with the other party if I don’t want to?
No. You will be under no obligation to have contact with anyone with whom you don’t want to have contact.
You will be able to lodge with Families SA a statement of your wishes in respect to contact with other parties to the adoption. This statement will be provided with any adoption information disclosed to the other party.
How can I stop someone from contacting me?
If someone contacts you and you do not want this, you can make your wishes clear to them about that.
If you feel you are being harassed, you have the right to report the harassment to the Police.
If identifying information about me is made available, will this enable someone to find out about wider family members? Other family members don’t know about the adoption. What can I do?
Yes, the other party may be able to find out further information about other family members through various publicly available sources.
The Post Adoption Support Services can assist you in working through how and when to talk to other family members about this.
My child doesn’t know they were adopted so they don’t have a veto? Is there anything I can do to stop their birth mother/ father making contact?
Identifying information about your child will be available to their birth parent/s if they apply for it. They can then search and make contact if they wish to.
We recommend that you talk with the Post Adoption Support Services on (08) 8245 8100 to discuss ways of telling your child that they are adopted prior to any potential contact.
When will I be able to access information not currently available to me because of a veto?
Identifying information about parties to an adoption where there has been a veto will be available after the end of the 5-year transition period. That period starts on the day the changes become law.
A veto will continue for the 5-year transition period unless it is revoked earlier by the person who placed it.
Processing applications for adoption information take about 6-8 weeks once an application is received.