Publications

Here are links to some publications about intercountry adoption.

If you would like further information, please contact us for a personal response.

Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
Australia only facilitates overseas adoptions if the principles and standards of the Hague Convention can be met, regardless of whether or not the partner country has signed the Convention. Aims to protect children and their families from illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Adoptions Australia report
The Adoptions Australia 2014-15 report is available from the AIHW website, and presents the latest Australian adoption data, highlighting important trends back to 1989–90.

Guardianship fact sheet
Children whose adoptions are yet to be finalised in Australia, or are not recognised automatically under Australian law, are officially under the guardianship of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection when they enter Australia. For more information on the guardianship of children adopted overseas, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.