Adoption Act, 1976

Enquiries on behalf of Board.

4.—(1) For the purposes of compliance with section 15 (2) of the Principal Act and section 3 of this Act, the Board may request and authorise any person either in or outside the State whom it considers suitable for the purpose to make enquiries on its behalf and the Board shall be entitled, if it so thinks fit and accepts the report of the person in relation to the enquiries, to regard such acceptance as compliance by it with the said section 15 (2) of the Principal Act, and as sufficiently demonstrating compliance with section 3 of this Act, as respects the subject matter of the enquiries.

(2) The powers conferred on the Board by subsection (1) of this section may be exercised by it as an alternative or in addition to hearing a person whose consent to the making of an adoption order is being considered by the Board or having enquiries made of that person in pursuance of paragraph 11 (3) of the First Schedule to the Principal Act.