What countries can I adopt from?
Australia currently has intercountry adoption arrangements with 13 countries. These are called partner countries.
Australian governments do not support or facilitate intercountry adoptions outside of our partner countries listed below.
Exceptions may be made if the prospective adoptive parent/s have a pre-existing relationship with the child and the child is legally adoptable and in need of intercountry adoption. More information on these types of adoptions can be found on the ‘other types of overseas adoptions’ page.
Each partner country has its own specific adoption requirements, such as:
- who is eligible to adopt
- characteristics of children available for adoption
- indicative waiting times
- approximate costs
- finalisation and post-adoption arrangements
- immigration and citizenship arrangements
- whether they are party to the Hague Convention
- meet the eligibility criteria of the state or territory you live in and
- meet the eligibility criteria of the partner country
Your state and territory central authority (STCA) provides advice to those hoping to adopt, accepts adoption applications and assesses eligibility.
Below is a list of countries you may be eligible to adopt a child from:
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
It’s important you contact your STCA to discuss current arrangements with your choice of partner country.
- Learn about the adoption process
- Find out how to apply
- Discover the alternatives to intercountry adoption