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Adoption Records South Africa

If you are over 21 you can search without your adoptive parents' permission. Biological parents can only have access to the adoption records if the adoptive parents and the child give their written consent. If they refuse, the biological parents can leave their details in the file so that they can be contacted if the adoptive parents or child change their minds. The identity of the parties cannot be made known. For example, medical information can be made available to a doctor. Before you can start the search it is suggested that the adoptee receive counselling by a social worker or professional who deals in adoption issues.This is necessary for the adoptee to prepare for the unforeseen. There are many scenarios that one has to consider why counselling is so important: The biological parent is happily married and either the mother or the father has never told her spouse or her children - how is her family going to deal with this? [...]