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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 21 September 2017 at 22:32)
Chapter 3 Part 1
Part 1 Authority to provide adoption services
10   Adoption services to be provided by or on behalf of Secretary
(1)  Subject to this Act, the Secretary is to provide adoption services.
Note.
 Under section 206, the Secretary may delegate this and any other function under this Act to any person.
(2)  Without limiting subsection (1), the Secretary is, subject to this Act, responsible for the following:
(a)  the assessment of the suitability of a person or persons to adopt a child,
(b)  any decision to place a child with a person or persons wishing to adopt the child,
(c)  the transfer of the care responsibility for a child to the person or persons who will adopt the child,
(d)  the giving of consent to the adoption of a child of whom he or she has parental responsibility,
(e)    (Repealed)
(f)  the provision in certain circumstances of post-adoption financial and other assistance to adopted children and their birth and adoptive parents,
(g)  the provision of post-adoption services, including the provision of information and arrangements to facilitate post-adoption contact with the parties to an adoption.
11   Unauthorised arrangements for adoption
(cf AC Act s 51)
(1)  An adoption service in relation to the adoption in New South Wales (including the intercountry adoption) of a child may be provided only by:
(a)  the Secretary, or
(b)  an organisation accredited by the Children’s Guardian in accordance with the regulations as an adoption service provider that may provide the service.
(2)  A person (other than the Secretary) must not provide any adoption service referred to in section 10 (2) (a), (b) or (c) in relation to the adoption in New South Wales (including the intercountry adoption) of a child unless the person is, or is acting on behalf of, an organisation accredited in accordance with the regulations as an adoption service provider that may provide the service.
Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.
Note.
 Intercountry adoption is defined in the Dictionary.