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Prescribed Relationship

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 define a Prescribed Relationship as a relationship whereby a person is related to an adopted person: 

  • By blood (including half-blood), marriage or civil partnership; or
  • By virtue of the adopted person’s adoption.
The Regulations extended Intermediary Services to persons having a Prescribed Relationship with an adopted person (previously only available to birth relatives). Agencies providing intermediary services may accept applications from a person with a Prescribed Relationship to an adopted person for assistance in contacting a relative of an adopted person and vice versa. This allows, for example, descendants to obtain information about family medical history in relation to inherited diseases.


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