adopting within the family

grandfather with chld

Intrafamily adoption is the adoption of a child who lives in NSW by a step parent or relative.

step parent adoption - where the parent caring for the child (custodial parent) has remarried or established a stable de facto relationship and applies, with their partner, to adopt the child in their care.

relative adoption - where a person defined in the Adoption Act 2000 as a relative (a grandparent, uncle, or aunt of the child, whether the relationship is by birth or marriage) applies to adopt the child in their care.

The NSW Adoption Act 2000 has recently been amended to simplify the adoption process for step-parents or relatives wanting to adopt. This includes removing the need for the direct involvement of Community Services in most cases.

For information on the new application process for Intrafamily adoption, see the following documents:



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