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ADOPTION - Consent of natural parents - Practice and procedure - General principles - Legislation - Constitutional issues

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:40 AM  

Appeal by the Minister of Community Services (Minister) and the adoptive parents from a decision of the hearing judge referring a number of constitutional questions to himself for determination in an uncontested application for adoption. The child was born in March 2016 and was placed by her biological mother in the Minister’s care. The Minister placed the child with a couple for the purpose of adoption. The biological mother was notified of that placement. The couple then filed an application for adoption with the Minister’s consent....