Infant Adoption in Victoria Brochure

Adoption is a service for children. Adoption provides a stable and secure family life for children who, for various reasons, cannot live with their birth family. Over the years, adoption has changed in line with new research and new understandings about the needs of those involved in adoption. One of the main changes is the opportunity for ongoing contact and information sharing between the parties to adoption.

The number of infants placed for adoption has decreased over the past 30 years. The reasons for this include community acceptance of single parenthood, the introduction of government benefits for single parents and improved contraception. There are about 20 local infants placed for adoption each year in Victoria. Although the number of infants is small, the adoption program welcomes inquiries from prospective adoptive parents.

This document includes:

  • What is adoption?
  • Who are the children needing families?
  • Maintaining contact with the child’s birth family
  • Who can apply to infant adoption programs?
  • Assessment process
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