Alternatives to intercountry adoption

Adopting a child from overseas is not the only way you can provide a supportive and stable home environment for a child.

For a number of reasons, there are many children here in Australia who are not able to live with their birth families.

Some children may benefit from permanent adoption, while others may need medium to long-term care in a foster home. Others may need short-term care outside of the family home.

Domestic/local adoption

If you’re considering adopting a child in Australia this is called a domestic adoption.

Each state and territory has its own legislation that governs local adoption.

Out-of-home care

When a child needs to be removed from their family, they can be placed in different types of out-of-home care.

Respite care

Sometimes a child needs short-term care in the form of respite care. This care can provide respite for the birth family or for foster carers.