Intercountry relative child adoptions


This paper sets out Australia’s policy on intercountry relative child adoptions. It provides general information about principles and processes, recognising that this is one of several options for bringing a relative child to Australia. As with any intercountry adoption process, an intercountry relative child adoption must only take place if it is in the best interests of the child, and must be in accordance with principles set out in the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention), as well as legislative requirements in Australia, including Australian state and territory legislative requirements. Intercountry relative child adoption should only be considered after alternative options to meet the placement needs of the child are explored, and must always be initiated through the child’s country of origin rather than Australia.