Want to adopt?

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People consider adoption for all kinds of reasons. If you are thinking about adopting a child, we can help. You might be considering:

  • Local adoption - adopting a child from NSW whose parents are making an adoption decision for their child
  • Out-of-home care adoption - adopting a child in NSW from out-of-home care (including foster care)
  • Intercountry adoption - adopting a child from overseas
  • Special needs adoption - adopting a child with a disability or special needs
  • Intrafamily adoption - adopting a  step-child or a child within your family.

Local and intercountry adoption

Find out more about the costs, criteria for prospective adoptive parents and the process for local or intercountry adoption in Thinking about Adoption or contact FACS’ Adoption Services for more information.

Out-of-home care adoption

FACS’ adoption workers can assist foster carers, children and birth parents where adoption is being considered for a child in out-of-home care.

Information is available for:

Where the child has lived with their carers for less than two years, see general information for parents (PDF).

We also provide information on the means-tested adoption allowance for adoption orders made on or after 1 July 2017 (print version here), the annual adoption payment and transition support for carers who adopt, the requirement since October 2013 for authorised carers applying to adopt to participate in OOHC adoption seminars, registration of adoption plans (PDF) and reviewable decisions (PDF) following an application to adopt.

For more information

Contact Adoption Services:

Phone: 02 9716 3003
Email: Adoption.PermanentCare@facs.nsw.gov.au

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