Adoption—adoption consent, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Adoption consent
METeOR identifier:650100
Registration status:Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Definition:

The type of consent given for an adoption, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Adoption—adoption consent

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
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
Supplementary values:
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

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

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Steward:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Adoption—adoption consent, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 20/05/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Adoptions DSS 2013-16 Children and Families, Superseded 20/03/2018

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Adoptions DSS 2016-17 Children and Families, Superseded 12/11/2018

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Adoptions DSS 2017-18 Children and Families, Superseded 02/12/2019

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Adoptions DSS 2018-19 Children and Families, Standard 02/12/2019

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