Pursuing adoption is no small feat. The reasons and the structure of your family may vary. But whether you’re single, in a same-sex relationship, are unable to conceive or simply think that adoption is the right choice for your family, we can help.
At AFLAS, we have easy-to-understand resources you can read and download, and trusted advisors that can help you with specific knowledge and guide you through the process.
Some common reasons for pursuing adoption are:
- Wanting to start a family
- Single people that want a child
- Same-sex couples adoption
- Unable to conceive
- Struggles with infertility and potential pregnancy complications
- Concerns about passing down genetic disorders
- Helping children find a place to call home
In Australia, international adoption is also possible. Adopting a child is legal, but it depends on each state and territory’s criteria and laws. Each jurisdiction has their own department, as well as NGOs (non-government organisations) commissioned to provide out-of-home care (OoHC) and adoption services.
Each jurisdiction, department and NGO has its own process for selecting, training and assessing prospective parents. While these are similar, they are not the same.
Prospective parents have a few options depending on their state or territory:
- Local adoption
- From out-of-home care adoption (OoHC)
- Intercountry adoption
- Permanent care
- Foster care
All this can make navigating the system overwhelming, as it can be difficult to find the required information. Which is why we’re here.
Whether or not adoption is what you are looking for or your situation, we can help support and guide your family through the challenges of adoption, parenting and relationships.