Adoption and permanent care
Children are our most precious asset. There is no more serious commitment in life than raising and nurturing children; to share their joys and sorrows, to honour their love, to pass on your experience to a new generation. These aren't just the privileges of parenthood; they are duties and obligations.
Sometimes, for many different reasons, children need to be raised by a family other than the one they were born into. This enables them to benefit from the commitment of parenthood.
Adoption is not the only way of bringing a child into your family. Permanent care is another. Both options provide children with the care and love they need to grow and prosper.
Adopting a child in Victoria
Adoption in Victoria is the legal process by which a child becomes a member of a new family.
- Learn more about Adoption in Victoria
- Register your interest in adoption by visiting the adoption and permanent care enquiries page.
Adoption and same-sex and gender diverse couples
The Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 came into effect on 1 September 2016.
It means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples can now apply to adopt in Victoria.
Please visit the Adoption by same-sex and gender diverse couples page for more information.
Changes to the Adoption Act 1984
The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into the modernisation of the Adoption Act.
For more information, including the terms of reference and information in relation to consultations, please visit the Commission’s website: http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/adoption-act.
Permanent care and becoming a parent
Children placed in permanent care come through child protection services. Unlike adoption, it is not a voluntary placement. The department makes decisions about the safety of children and whether children will be placed with a permanent care family.
- Adoption and permanent care - frequently asked questions
People interested in adoption or permanent care often have questions. Here are some questions which are most commonly asked.
- Adoption and permanent care program
The purpose of the program is to provide a safe, stable and loving environment for children unable to grow up with their natural families; whether you adopt or permanently care for a child, the decisions you're about to make are important, and life changing.
- Adoption and Permanent Care enquiry form
Use this form for adoption and permanent care enquiries. Submitted details will be forwarded to an officer from the appropriate region who can assist with registration for an information session or other enquiries.
- Adoption and Permanent Care Services - contact list
A directory of Adoption and Permanent Care Teams and their contact details in the state of Victoria.
- Adoption by same-sex and gender diverse couples
Register your interest in the program by visiting the adoption and permanent care enquiries page