What is pre-placement contact?
Pre-placement contact is when you have contact with:
- a child who can be adopted
- a person or organisation caring for that child or
- an intercountry adoption authority before the adoption process has been finalised
Under the Hague Convention, you generally can’t have any contact before you have accepted the placement proposal.
Why pre-placement contact is not recommended
If you’re considering pre-placement contact, we recommend that you talk to your state and territory central authority for advice, even if your child’s country of origin has different processes.
This is because pre-placement contact may:
- be viewed as influencing the decision of the overseas government or agency
- affect the decision of the overseas authority to honor the placement of the child (if the child has already been placed with a family)
- risk the placement prospects for a child
- risk the transparency or future of Australia’s intercountry adoption program with that country
Hague Convention rules on pre-placement contact
In some situations, the Hague Convention allows pre-placement contact after the placement proposal has been accepted, including where:
- the child has agreed to pre-placement contact
- the contact is desirable or unavoidable
- the overseas authority asks for pre-placement contact
- it’s an intercountry relative adoption
Traveling to the country of origin
You can visit the country you have applied to adopt a child from. But it’s important that you don’t visit any orphanages, children’s homes, organisations or people who care for children that may be placed with Australian families.