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Adoption is the legal process which permanently transfers all the legal rights and responsibilities of being a parent from the child's birth parents to the adoptive parents.

Community Services provides a range of adoption services.

considering adoption?

Adoption and Permanent Care Services provides adoption services for

information about past adoptions

The Adoption Information Unit offers a range of services about past adoptions for people affected by adoption:

  • adoptees
  • birth parents
  • adoptive parents
  • other people who have a family connection to an adoption and wish to make inquiries.

Find out more about a past adoption.

out-of-home care adoption

Family and Community Services can assist foster carers and birth parents interested in the out-of-home care adoption program.

Carers can find out more about out-of-home care adoption. Information is available about assistance to carers who adopt and participation in preparation for OOHC adoption seminars. Information on reviewable decisions following an application to adopt is available in the factsheet.

Information on out-of-home care adoption is available for parents, guardians and children and young people. Where the child has lived with their carers for less than two years, see general information for parents.

Where adoption is being considered, written information on care arrangements for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child or young person is available.

Information about adoption plans is available in registration of adoption plans factsheet.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)