Case Note 25711 [2003] NZPrivCmr 19 – Birth mother complains social worker disclosed her name to her child

A woman who gave up a child for adoption many years ago was advised by Child Youth and Family Service (CYFS) that a social worker had disclosed her name to the adult child. The social worker contacted the adult child after the birth father asked CYFS for information about the child. The social worker gave the child a copy of the adoption report in which some, but not all, references to the birth mother’s name had been deleted. The birth mother had placed an information veto on the file and had not agreed to CYFS disclosing information about her to the child. (An information veto is a statutory right under the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985.)

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