Adoption and permanent care

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Mum and child

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.

Changes to the Adoption Act 1984

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into the modernisation of the Adoption Act.

The Commission will be undertaking a public consultation processes in August 2016, including the publication of a consultation paper on 10 August 2016 and a public submissions process.

For more information, including the terms of reference and information in relation to forthcoming consultations, please visit the Commission’s website:

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.

Adopting a child from overseas

In Victoria the Inter-country Adoption Service is responsible for the management of the Intercountry Adoption Program.

Contact information

Register your interest in the program by visiting the adoption and permanent care enquiries page


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