What can I do if I do not want my When and how can I lodge an objection? identifying information disclosed? Birth parent/s and adults whose adoption was If you are a birth parent or adult whose adoption was finalised prior to June 1991 have the right to: finalised prior to June 1991, you may wish to object • object to contact and the disclosure of identifying to contact only or both contact and disclosure of information identifying information by completing and returning the required form to Adoption Services Queensland, • object to contact only, which allows the disclosure of identifying information if requested. Adoption information Department of Child Safety. This means that no other Objections may be lodged with the Department party will receive your identifying information. of Child Safety. Forms are available by contacting Adoption Services Queensland. There is no fee for It is not possible for adopted persons lodging an objection. or birth parent/s who were party to a finalised adoption after 31 June Is advice or counselling available? 1991 to lodge an objection to contact The Department has trained staff available to offer or to the disclosure of identifying advice and support. Trained adoption counsellors information. are also available in Queensland. Your objection stays in force until it Private counsellors may charge fees. is revoked by you. You can revoke your objection at any time by notifying the Department on the required Enquiries form. Unless your objection is revoked, it will always If you require further information please contact: remain in force, even after death. Adoption Services Queensland Department of Child Safety What can I do if I do not wish to meet or hear Floor 1, 111 George Street from my birth parent or adopted child? BRISBANE QLD 4001 If you are an adult adopted person or a birth or parent, you can object to contact by completing and GPO Box 806 returning the required form to the Department. BRISBANE QLD 4001 Once your objection is lodged, the other party will still receive identifying information. However, they Telephone: 07 3224 7415 Freecall (Queensland only): 1800 647 983 will be advised that you have objected to contact. Website: www.childsafety.qld.gov.au If a person contacts you, knowing that you have Email: email@example.com objected to contact, they have breached the law Need help with English? and may result in prosecution. Contact the Commonwealth Government Translating Your objection to contact will stay in force unless it is and Interpreting Service on 131 450. revoked by you. Your objection can be revoked at any time by notifying the Department on the required form. 07034 Who can receive identifying information? How and when can I apply for identifying You may also request in writing to have your current Adopted persons over 18 years of age and birth information? name and address given to any birth relative who parents are entitled, under the Adoption of Children obtains identifying information about you. You can apply for identifying information by completing Act 1964, to receive identifying information about an application form available from Adoption Services adoptions made under Queensland law – if the other Can I get an original birth certificate? Queensland. Information will be sent to you unless an party has not objected to its disclosure. Persons who receive identifying information will be objection to disclosure of information has been lodged. sent an authorisation to allow the Registrar-General Identifying information is only available after the of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Brisbane to adopted person reaches 18 years of age. Can anyone else get identifying provide: information? • a certified copy of the adopted person’s original What is identifying information? An adopted person’s adoptive parent or adult child may birth certificate to an adopted person, birth Identifying information provided to an adopted person apply for identifying information if the adopted person parent, adoptive parent or relative may include: has died or has a permanent disability which makes • a certified copy of the amended birth entry of • their birth parent/s names at the time of them unable to apply for the information themself. the adopted person to a birth parent or relative. the adoption A birth parent’s adult child, sibling or parent may apply • the date of their parent/s birth Copies of original birth certificates will be marked, for identifying information if the birth parent/s have ‘not to be used for official purposes’. • the details of any siblings who were also adopted. died or have a permanent disability which makes them unable to apply for the information themselves. The Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Identifying information provided to birth parent/s may charge a fee for providing these documents. include: Is any other information available? • the name of their child after adoption When is information not able to be Non-identifying information is available even if an • the adoptive parent/s names at the time objection to the release of identifying information has disclosed? of adoption. been made. If an adult adopted person or a birth parent has Non-identifying information is defined as health objected to contact and the disclosure of identifying and other family background information provided information, no information will be disclosed. in relation to an adoption which does not include If an objection to contact has been registered but not identifying information. Non-identifying information an objection to disclosure of information, identifying may include a physical description, characteristic, information can be disclosed but contact trait, special interest, general occupation, general is prohibited by law. geographic location, or medical information. A request can be made for non-identifying information about birth relatives. This information will be made available if it is contained on file. You may request that more recent non-identifying information be provided to your birth relatives should the other party enquire.
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