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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 4 February 2019 to date (accessed 21 September 2019 at 06:08)
Chapter 4 Part 1 Section 24
24   Who can be adopted?
(cf AC Act s 18 (1))
(1)  An adoption order may be made in relation to a child who:
(a)  was less than 18 years of age on the date on which the application for the order was made, or
(b)  was 18 or more years of age on that date and was cared for by the applicant or applicants for the order.
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1) (b), a child was cared for if the child:
(a)  has been cared for by the applicant or applicants, or by the applicant and a deceased spouse of the applicant, as his or her or their child prior to reaching the age of 18 years, or
(b)  has, as a ward within the meaning of the Children (Care and Protection) Act 1987 or a person under the parental responsibility of the Minister administering the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, been in the care responsibility of the applicant or applicants or of the applicant and a deceased spouse of the applicant.
 Spouse is defined in the Dictionary.
(3)    (Repealed)