How to apply

How do I apply to adopt a child overseas?

Your state and territory central authority (STCA) is responsible for managing applications. Each STCA has its own eligibility criteria and you will need to apply directly to them.

The application process can involve attending an information session and submitting an expression of interest, or completing a questionnaire or pre-assessment eligibility test. You will also need to pay intercountry adoption fees, as well as the partner countries fees.

The adoption process page has a step-by-step guide of the entire adoption process to help you understand what to expect.

How we can help you

If you have any questions after reading this website and considered your suitability as an adoptive parent, you can contact us to speak to someone about how the process relates to your specific circumstances.

If you need help during the adoption process, you can contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

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