Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is the government agency responsible for providing adoption services in NSW. We work with birth parents who are considering adoption for their child and families who wish to adopt.
The number of couples included in the pool of approved local adoptive applicants is limited. DCJ aims to have a pool of approved applicants of varying backgrounds and characteristics to enable us to meet the various needs of the children for whom adoption is being considered.
See adoption process for adoptive applicants for more information about the costs, criteria for prospective adoptive parents and process.
Birth parents are involved in helping select adoptive parents for NSW infants or young children under 2 years of age.
A small number of children aged over 2 are referred to our program for placement each year. Some of the children will be under the parental responsibility of the Minister for Family and Community Services and may need long-term foster care rather than adoption. Adoption may be explored down the track. If you are considering adopting an older child, previous experience with children or direct parenting experience is an advantage, as these children's needs can sometimes be challenging.
Other approved adoption agencies
There are a number of accredited adoption agencies who also provide adoption services in NSW. You may express interest with a number of agencies or programs, but you can only have an application with one program at a time.
Couples and families in the NSW local, intercountry or OOHC adoption process can also contact the Adoption and Permanent Care Association of NSW (APA) for support and recommendations. The APA is formed and run by parents who have formed their families through adoption and permanent care.