Process of adoption

If you are somewhere along the path of adopting a child from overseas and need some guidance, we’re here to help.

You can recap general information about each step in the process by visiting Countries and considerations. This process may vary slightly depending on which State or Territory you live in, but you can contact the central authority in your State or Territory to discuss the specifics of your situation.

Frustrated about waiting times?

It’s important to remember that the adoption process can be a lengthy process, and waiting times of several years are not uncommon. Factors that may affect the duration of the process include:

  • the number and circumstances of children in need of adoption
  • the number of applicants
  • the age and needs of the child/children who you are approved to adopt
  • how long it takes the overseas country to process your application (which is outside of Australia’s control and subject to changes in their policies).

You can visit waiting times for more information.

Please contact us or the central authority in your state or territory if you have any questions about waiting times.