Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Adoption consent|
|Definition:||The type of consent given for a child adoption, as represented by a code.|
|Data Element Concept:||Adoption—adoption consent|
Value domain attributes
|Maximum character length:||1|
Collection and usage attributes
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CODE 1 Consent from birth mother only (birth father's consent dispensed/not required)
A child is legally available for adoption if all the necessary consents to the child’s adoption have been obtained or dispensed with.
Consent for local adoptions is usually required from both birth parents. Therefore, dispensation of consent is usually only provided by the relevant court in each state/territory when the birth parent(s) are unable to give consent themselves.
Dispensation is a legal process by which a court may declare that the consent of a parent is not required for an adoption order to be granted. Grounds for dispensation applications are set under individual state and territory legislation. In some jurisdictions, where the birth father's identity is unknown, his consent is not required and so it is not necessary to dispense with his consent. In these cases, consent is only required from the birth mother, and there is no dispensation of the birth father's consent.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
|Steward:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
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