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Will I be able to trace my child’s life and establish contact in the future?

Answer

According to the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005), information contained in the Adoption Register may not be disclosed to any person except:

a. to an adopted person after the child has reached the age of 18;
b. to the adoptive parent of an adopted child after the child has reached the age of 18; or
c. to the biological parent or previous adoptive parent of an adopted child after the child has reached the age of 18 but only if the adoptive parent and the adopted child give their consent in writing.

You could, however, during the adoption process agree to a post-adoption agreement with the adoptive parents that gives you the right to establish contact with the child before his/her 18th birthday.

It cannot be guaranteed that you will be able to trace and/or establish contact with your child as people move and contact is not always agreed upon. Also note that before this step is taken you should receive counselling regarding your expectations.

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