Waiting times

In its Adoptions Australia 2013-14 report, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) noted that for new families formed through intercountry adoption in 2013–14, the median length of time to complete an adoption was five years.

The AIHW reported that the median length of time to complete an adoption ranged from just over three years for Taiwan to almost eight years for China.

Generally, the longest period in the process occurs between the time a partner country receives the application from Australia and when the overseas authority matches a child to those parents.

Factors that might affect the time involved in the intercountry adoption process include:

  • the number and characteristics of children in need of adoption
  • the number of applicants
  • the age and needs of the child/children who you are approved to adopt
  • how long it takes the overseas country to process your application (which is outside Australia’s control and subject to changes in their policies, and the resources of the partner country).

The Adoptions Australia 2013-14 report is available from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website.