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Adoption—adoption consent, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAdoption consent
METeOR identifier:Help on this term468460
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Standard 20/05/2013
Definition:Help on this termThe type of consent given for a child adoption, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Adoption—adoption consent

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Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Consent from birth mother only (birth father's consent dispensed/not required)
2Consent from birth father only (with dispensation of birth mother's consent)
3Consent from both birth parents
4Consent of both birth parents dispensed/not required
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9Not stated/inadequately described

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.

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Has been superseded by Adoption—adoption consent, code N Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Adoptions DSS 2011-13 Community Services (retired), Standard 20/05/2013

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