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

Chapter 16 : Inter-Country Adoption

270. Refusal to recognise inter-country adoption or Article 27 decision


(1) The Central Authority may declare that an adoption to which section 266 or 268 applies or a decision made in terms of article 27 of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption may not be recognised in the Republic if the adoption or decision is manifestly contrary to public policy in the Republic, taking into account the best interests of the relevant child.


(2) If the Central Authority declares that an adoption or decision referred to in subsection (1) may not be recognised, the adoption or decision has no effect in the Republic.