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Children's Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005)

Chapter 15 : Adoption

238. Notice to be given of proposed adoption


(1) When a child becomes available for adoption, the presiding officer must without delay cause the sheriff to serve a notice on each person whose consent to the adoption is required in terms of section 233.


(2) The notice must—
(a) inform the person whose consent is sought of the proposed adoption of the child; and
(b) request that person either to consent to or to withhold consent for the adoption, or, if that person is the biological father of the child to whom the mother is not married, request him to consent to or withhold consent for the adoption, or to apply in terms of section 239 for the adoption of the child.


(3) If a person on whom a notice in terms of subsection (1) has been served fails to comply with a request contained in the notice within 30 days, that person must be regarded as having consented to the adoption.