Adopting locally

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FACS is the government agency responsible for providing adoption services in NSW. We work with birth parents who are considering adoption for their child and families who wish to adopt.

The number of couples included in the pool of approved local adoptive applicants is limited. FACS aims to have a pool of approved applicants of varying backgrounds and characteristics to enable us to meet the various needs of the children for whom adoption is being considered.

See adoption process for adoptive applicants for more information about the costs, criteria for prospective adoptive parents and process.

Adopting children under two?

Birth parents are involved in helping select adoptive parents for NSW infants or young children.

Adopting an older child (over two years)

A small number of children aged over two years are referred to our program for placement each year. Some of the children will be under the parental responsibility of the Minister for Community Services and may need long-term foster care rather than adoption. Adoption may be explored down the tack.

If you are considering adopting an older child, previous experience with children or direct parenting experience is an advantage, as these children's needs can sometimes be challenging.

Other approved adoption agencies

There are a number of accredited adoption agencies who also provide adoption services in NSW. You may express interest with a number of agencies or programs, but you can only have an application with one program at a time.

Anglicare Adoption Services
Call:  02 9890 6855

Australian Families for Children (AFC)
Call:  02 9389 1889

Barnardos Australia Adoptions (Find-a-Family)
Adoption of children from birth to 12 years 
Call: 02 8596 5000

CatholicCare Adoption Services
Call: 02 8700 3333

Support organisations

The Adoption & Permanent Care Association of NSW is a support group for couples and families in the NSW local, intercountry or OOHC adoption process.
Call: 02 8091 5157

Also see support organisations or support counselling numbers.

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