What happens when a party to an adoption is deceased?

Generally close relatives are able to access identifying information and therefore search and make contact. In most states you can also place your name on a contact register. Click here, follow the links and contact the relevant government agency. You will need a copy of the death certificate if applying for information.

In WA, if Past Adoption Services is informed of the death of a party to an adoption, they will endeavour to inform other parties to the adoption.