Intercountry Adoption Victoria - New entry and application process

18 December 2014

The Intercountry Adoption Service Victoria (ICAS) will begin trialling a new registration process for interested and eligible families on 1 February 2015.

The revised process will streamline requirements for interested families by focusing on the complex needs of the children requiring adoptive placement. It will also assist ICAS in targeting applications only to overseas countries currently accepting Australian files. The trial will be evaluated after nine months.

The most important changes include:

  • Families will no longer be expected to attend a mandatory information session.
  • Families may register their interest to apply to the ICAS program for a listed open country program at any time, simply by following the process outlined below.
  • The webpage on this site will always display an updated list of overseas country programs, for which ICAS is currently accepting applications.
  • ICAS will not hold waiting lists for country programs that are inactive, suspended and/or not detailed on the ‘currently accepting files’ list mentioned above.

If you are interested in intercountry adoption, there will be revised information available from the 1 February 2015 on the ICAS webpages and in the ICAS information kit on this site, to assist you in determining your eligibility for both the Victorian program and an overseas country program.

Please read all the information and follow the instructions carefully. Once you have read all the requested information, please complete the required paperwork and return it to ICAS. Processing of documents received by ICAS will occur in date order of receipt. When this is completed, you will be contacted by an ICAS staff member to discuss whether you are eligible to make a full application to an active overseas country program.

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