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Adoption and Children Act 2002

Section 56: Information to be kept about a person’s adoption

164.Section 56 provides a power to make regulations to prescribe the information that an adoption agency must keep in relation to a person’s adoption, the form it should take and the way it should be kept.  The information kept will be about the adopted person, his birth parents and siblings, his adoptive parents and siblings, other relatives, and social workers’ reports. Subsection (3) provides a power to make regulations for the transfer of information between adoption agencies, for example where the original adoption agency is ceasing to operate.

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