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Considering adoption for your child

Information for parents, including Aboriginal parents, who are considering adoption for their child, who is not in out-of-home care

Take some time

If your child is newborn, you can't give your consent to the adoption until at least 30 days after the birth of your baby. You will need to complete pre-adoption counselling and registered counselling first and so may not be able to give your consent for 2 to 3 months after the child's birth.

During that time, you'll be given the Mandatory Written Information on adoption - Information for parents to read.  You will also need to speak with a registered (adoption) counsellor before you can give consent to the adoption of your child. This is to make sure you're fully aware of what adoption means for you and your child.

If you're considering adoption because your baby has been born with a disability, you will need time to think about your options before deciding whether or not you can manage your child's special care needs.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019