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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.

adopting a foster child in your care

Community Service Centres can assist foster carers interested in adopting the child in their care.

Find out more about foster care adoption.

Find out more about the change to the allowance for carers who adopt a child in statutory out-of-home care.

Find out more about Participaton in Preparation for OOHC Adoption Seminars.

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