Adoption equality starts now in Victoria

Adoption equality starts now
01 September 2016

Adoption equality starts nowLesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples can now apply to adopt in Victoria as a result of changes to Victoria's adoption laws.

The Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 came into effect on 1 September 2016.

It means LGBTI couples in Victoria can now adopt under the same circumstances as any other couple, and existing safeguards will continue to apply, such as the requirement that applicants are fit and proper persons.

The changes are an important part of the Government’s commitment to equality for LGBTI Victorians. It reflects the fact that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is distinct from their capacity to be a loving and caring parent.

A review of the Adoption Act 1984 is also being conducted by the Victorian Law Reform Commission to provide recommendations to government on updating Victoria's 30-year adoption laws.

For further information, please visit the adoption and permanent care page on this site.

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