Alternatives to intercountry adoption

Adopting a child from overseas is not the only way you can provide a supportive, 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. In other instances, a child with high needs may require short-term care outside of the family home. This includes respite care that helps both the child and the family.

Some of the options you may consider to care for a child are:

Talk to the central authority in your state or territory about the options you may have to care for a child.

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