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
Parents consider adoption for their children for all kinds of reasons. Often, you make this decision during a very emotional and difficult time.
If you feel you can't cope with a new baby or your child, adoption is not the only alternative. There are many alternatives to adoption that allow you to keep your child by providing you with support and help.
If you are considering adoption for your child, it is a good idea to get information, advice and counselling as soon as possible. An experienced and qualified adoptions worker can provide support as you consider whether adoption is right for you and your child.
For more info and support you can contact:
There may be a social worker at the hospital where you plan to have your baby or where your baby was born who can discuss adoption and other options with you. If your child has a disability, your disability worker can also assist you.
Although you can begin preparing for adoption before your child is born, nothing will be definitely arranged until after the birth. You can change your mind after your child is born.
All adoption placements must be arranged by an approved adoption agency or by DCJ and agreed to by the Supreme Court. It's illegal to arrange private placements for your baby.