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Contents (2000 - 75)
Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 15 June 2018 to date (accessed 22 June 2018 at 07:59)
Chapter 4 Part 1 Section 29
29   Adoption by relative
The Court must not make an adoption order in favour of a relative of a child unless:
(a)  specific consent to the adoption of the child by the relative has been given in accordance with this Act by the appropriate person or persons specified in section 53 (b), and
(b)  the child has established a relationship of at least 2 years’ duration with the relative, and
(c)  the Court is satisfied that the making of the adoption order is clearly preferable in the best interests of the child to any other action that could be taken by law in relation to the child.
 Examples of other action that may be taken by law are the making of a care order under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 or a parenting order under the Family Law Act 1975 of the Commonwealth.