Adoption

When a child’s biological parents are not able to, or don’t want to look after a child, they can give all the rights and responsibility of that child to other parents; this is called adoption. The child that is adopted will have the same rights as if they were a biological child of the new parents.

If you were adopted you may be able to access your original birth record and other details about your adoption once you turn 18. This depends on when and where you were born. If you are under 18 you need the consent of your adoptive parents and the biological parents.

Differences between states

Northern Territory

If you are adopted and want support and information, contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Adoptions Unit on 08 8922 7460. You can also contact the DCF Adoptions Unit if you want information about adopting a child.

If you are considering placing your child for adoption you should seek legal advice from the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service on 1800 684 055.

Depending on where you live, alternatively you could contact the Katherine Women’s Information and Legal Service on 08 8972 1712 or 1800 620 108; or the Top End Women’s Legal Service on 08 8982 3000 or 1800 234 441.

ACT

There is a Register and Information Service that holds and gives information about the families and individuals involved in adoption. You can register your wishes about contact and the giving of your information with the Service.

Before you are given information from the Register you need to have counselling. This is to make sure you have considered the consequences of obtaining information and/or meeting your biological parents.

If you want to find your biological parents or are pregnant and are considering placing the child for adoption, contact the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support on 02 6207 1335.

Western Australia

There is a Register and Information Service that holds and gives information about the families and individuals involved in adoption. You can register your wishes about contact and the giving of your information with the Service.

Before you are given information from the Register you need to have counselling. This is to make sure you have considered the consequences of obtaining information and/or meeting your biological parents. The Adoption and Research Counselling Service Inc (ARCS) has some great information on their website.

If you want to find your biological parents or if you are pregnant and you are considering placing the child for adoption, contact the Department for Child Protection and Family Support on 08 9325 1232.

NSW

The Adoption Information Unit can help with information about finding your biological parents and making contact.

If you are considering placing a child up for adoption, contact the Department of Family and Community Services on 02 9716 3000.

Victoria

If you want information on adoption in Victoria you can contact the Department of Human Services.

If you want to find your biological parents you can get help and information through Family Information Networks and Discovery and Vanish.

South Australia

Post Adoption Support Service (PASS) provides assistance and support to people born and adopted in South Australia who want to search for their birth family relatives.

PASS can help you through the search process and can act as mediators if you decide you are ready to contact your birth family.

PASS will help you through the process of:

Please contact PASS on 08 8245 8100 or email at passinfo@rasa.org.au

Other useful contacts are:

  • Families SA on 08 8463 3666 (for current adoptions) or 08 8207 2648 (for past adoptions)
  • SA Link Up Services for Aboriginal people on 08 8223 5217
  • Births Deaths and Marriages on 131 882

Tasmania

If you want to find your biological parents or are pregnant and are considering placing the child for adoption, you can contact the Adoptions and Permanency Services of the Department of Health and Human Services on 03 6166 0422.

There is an Adoption Information Register that holds and gives information about the families and individuals involved in adoption. You can register your wishes about contact and the giving of your information with the service.

Before you are given information from the Adoption Information Register you need to have counselling. This is to make sure you have considered the consequences of obtaining information and/or meeting your biological parents.

Relationships Australia offer a Past Adoption Support Service, including counselling sessions specifically for individuals and families affected by Forced Adoption Practices.  You can contact Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277, and they have offices in both Hobart and Launceston.

 

 

 

Queensland

If you want to find your biological parents or are pregnant and are considering placing the child for adoption, contact Adoption Services on 07 3224 7415 or freecall on 1800 647 983.

The State Library of Queensland holds resources to assist people seeking to find out information regarding adoption. For more information contact the State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7666.