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


General Regulations Regarding Children, 2010

Chapter 17 : Inter-Country Adoption (Sections 254-273 of the Act)

112. Report on child in the Republic to be adopted by person from convention or non-convention country


(1) In addition to the requirements set out in article 16 of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, the report on a child required by section 261(3) or 262(3) of the Act must be a comprehensive child study report compiled by an adoption social worker employed by a designated child protection organisation.


(2) The report contemplated in sub-regulation (1) must include—
(a) identifying information of the child with an original birth certificate or identity document, or where these are not available, a sworn statement from the social worker to supplement the lack of documentary information;
(b) detail regarding the child's language, culture, race and religion;
(c) a medical report confirming the health status of the child, and where applicable, a description of any special needs of the child;
(d) information about the child's natural parents, where such information is known, including—
(i) a description of the counselling they have received;
(ii) whether they have consented to the adoption; and
(iii) if their consent is not required, the reasons for such non-requirement;
(e) information regarding the sibling or siblings of the child, where applicable;
(f) comprehensive information regarding the efforts that have been made to provide suitable alternative care within the Republic;
(g) the views of the child concerning the adoption, where the child is capable of forming his or her own view; and
(h) the child's consent, if he or she is ten years of age or older, which must be annexed to the report.