Getting started

Some children from overseas are unable to live with their parents or relatives, or receive care in their country of birth. Intercountry adoption is a way for you to provide a supportive, stable and permanent family for one or more of these children.

Adopting a child from overseas is rewarding, but it can be a long and complex process. Intercountry Adoption Australia is here to advise you on the process and, should you decide to proceed, guide you on your adoption journey.

If, at any point, you have specific questions, please contact us.

Intercountry Adoption Australia will help connect you to a range of resources and services, and refer you to the relevant authorities and agencies in your state or territory. Your application for overseas adoption will be managed locally in your state or territory by an allocated case manager.

The efforts of the Australian Government—and those of its state and territory counterparts—are always focused on the best interests of the child. The government has adoption  arrangements in place with countries that meet the principles and standards of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. This helps ensure that children are protected against child trafficking and other corrupt or illicit activities.

Thinking about adopting or fostering an Australian child? Get more information by visiting Alternatives to intercountry adoption.