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  6. 7. Provide information and counselling to a child and consider the child's views

7. Provide information and counselling to a child and consider the child's views

Under the Adoption Act 2009, sections 44 and 45, the chief executive must provide the child with prescribed information and counselling in a way that has regard for the child’s age, development and alibility to understand.

Adoption Services will negotiate with the CSSC to determine whether the primary case worker responsible for delivering the information and counselling to the child will be an adoption officer or a CSO from the relevant CSSC.

The primary case worker is responsible for providing counselling and age appropriate written information to the child about:

  • possible psychological effects for the child being adopted
  • the social and emotional implications of adoption for the parties involved
  • the legal effects of an adoption order
  • options other than adoption
  • how the child’s parents may give the chief executive their preference relating to the child’s adoption
  • counselling and other support services
  • the rights and responsibilities of the parties to an adoption, including those relating to adoption plans and access to information about, and contact with other parties to an adoption, throughout the life of the adopted person.

In addition to the counselling provided, the child may be given other support by a support person, who is not an employee of the department, in accordance with the Adoption Act 2009, section 47.