How Adoption Works in Australia
|The adoption administration and process in Australia is controlled by each State and Territory under the relevant State-level adoption legislation. Post adoption services are also undertaken by the various State/Territory departments. |
Intercountry Adoption is governed by the Attorney-General's Department, but is administered by the State departments.
|The intercountry adoption process used in each State and Territory is similar, but not identical. Legislation in each State and Territory governs intercountry adoption matters.|
Differences in process and requirements may also occur in each overseas country that Australia has a program with. Please contact your State or Territory authority for specific process information.
A general summary of the process is as follows:
- Initial contact
- Education seminars and formal application
- Adoption Assessment
- Decision regarding the approval of an application
- Preparation and forwarding of adoption application overseas
- Waiting period
- Placement proposal (the matching of a child with a family) issued by the overseas authority
- Immigration application process
- Travel to meet the child
- Post-placement support, and
- Finalisation of the adoption (where required).
|Please note that the timeframes for adopting a child vary for a range of reasons and are subject to change. Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that the process can take a number of years.|
|State/Territory Government Adoption Links: |
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