Adult adoptions

FACS does not have direct involvement with adult adoption applications.

An Adoption Order may be made for a person who is 18 or more years of age and was either:

  1. cared for by the prospective adoptive applicant as their child prior to reaching 18 years; or
  2. was under the parental responsibility of the Minister for Family and Community Services and had been in the care responsibility of the prospective adoptive applicants prior to turning 18 years of age.

A person who is 18 or more years may prepare their own adoption application or engage a private solicitor.

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