Common questions

Can you adopt a newborn baby in Australia?


Can you adopt a newborn baby in Australia?

Single people can apply to adopt Australian-born children and children born overseas; however, not many other countries accept single applicants. Adoption of a local child is possible if the relinquishing parent/s choose the same sex couple to be the new parent for their child.

How much does it cost to adopt a child in Australia?

State and territory central authority intercountry adoption fees

Administrative application fee $1,768
Home study $2,999 $5,009.20
General preparation, education and training programs $362
Post-adoption services $1,217 $2,146.85

Is it hard to adopt a baby in Australia?

Adoptions do become easier and faster, but safeguards are reduced. The consequences for children, first families and adoptive families can be lifelong. Adoptions are hard for good reasons.

Can a newborn baby be adopted?

No, newborn child cannot be adopted. Adoption of every child requires them to be declared legally free for adoption through Child Welfare Committee under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act,2015. The process usually takes at least two months to complete.

How easy is it to adopt in Australia?

Anecdotally, most adoptions in Australia are successful, but we do not know the true rate of breakdowns. Families are only followed up for one year after an adoption. But we do know there is insufficient support for families, foster families, adoptive families and adoptees.

Where can I get help adopting a child in Australia?

There are lots of other organisations that can give you information and support. Use our Payment and Service Finder to find them in your local area. Intercountry Adoption Australia has information about adopting a child from overseas. MoneySmart can help you manage your money.

How does the adoption process work in Australia?

How does adoption work? Before you decide to adopt a baby, child or young person, you will need to consider if adoption will work for you and your family. What kind of adoption? There are 2 main types of adoption available in Australia: intercountry adoption, when a child is adopted from an overseas country and brought back to Australia to live

How many children are adopted each year in Queensland?

Adoption rates in Queensland are very low; generally between 8 and 12 infants born to Queensland mothers are adopted each year.

What’s the lowest number of adoptions in Australia?

Inter-country adoption also accounts for some of Australia’s adoptions. In 2013-14, there were 317 adoptions finalised across Australia, the lowest annual number on record [1] .