Adoption Act, 1964

Extension in certain circumstances of time for applying for adoption order.

3.—(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 10 of the Principal Act, where the Board is satisfied that in the particular circumstances of the case it is desirable to do so, it may make an adoption order in respect of a child who was more than seven years of age at the date of the application for the order if

(a) (i) the applicant has had the child in his care since before the child attained the age of seven years, and

(ii) the application is made before the child attains the age of nine years, or

(b) the applicant or, if the applicants are a married couple, one of them, is the mother, natural father or a relative of the child.

(2) Before deciding if it will make an adoption order in relation to a child to whom this section applies, the Board shall give due consideration, having regard to his age and understanding, to the wishes of the child.

(3) Subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply in relation to an application for an adoption order made before the 31st day of December, 1965.