Adoption Act, 1952

Explanation to mother or guardian as to effect of adoption.

39.—(1) Where the mother or guardian of a child proposes to place the child at the disposal of a registered adoption society for adoption under this Act the society shall, before accepting the child—

(a) furnish that person with a statement in writing in the prescribed form explaining clearly—

(i) the effect of an adoption order upon the rights of a mother or guardian, and

(ii) the provisions of this Act relating to consent to the making of an adoption order; and

(b) ensure that the person understands the statement and that he signs a document to that effect.

(2) In the case of failure to comply with any of the requirements of subsection (1), the society, every person who takes part in its management or control and every person concerned in the acceptance of the child on behalf of the society shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.