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The adoption process for birth parents

Information about signing the consent form for adoption, what to do if you change your mind, your child's name before and after adoption, what personal information you can give to your child, and your say in who the adoptive parents are.

Before you can consent to your child's adoption

You officially make an adoption decision for your child when you sign an Instrument of Consent, also known as the consent documents.

Before you can sign the consent documents, you will need to:

  • read mandatory information on adoption
  • see a registered (adoption) counsellor, who will ensure you understand the legal and emotional effects of adoption on you and your child.

Mandatory Written Information on adoption

Parents who are considering adoption for their child will receive a document called Mandatory Written Information on adoption - Information for parents to help them make an informed decision. Information provided in this document includes:

Additional information is available for parents considering adoption for their child who is currently in out-of-home care and those considering adoption by step parents or relatives (intrafamily adoption).

Parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is either Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are required to read the following documents:

For Aboriginal parents

Written Information on adoption - Additional information for parents of an Aboriginal child
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Aboriginal. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information on adoption - Information for parents.

Written Information on intrafamily adoption - Additional information for parents of an Aboriginal child
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Aboriginal. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information on intrafamily adoption -  Information for parents.

Written Information on adoption - Additional information for parents of an Aboriginal child in out-of-home care
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Aboriginal and is currently living in out-of-home care. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information for parents of a child in out-of-home care.

For Torres Strait Islander parents

Written Information on adoption - Additional information for parents of a Torres Strait Islander child
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Torres Strait Islander. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information on adoption - Information for parents.

Written Information on intrafamily adoption - Additional information for parents of a Torres Strait Islander child
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Torres Strait Islander. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information on intrafamily adoption - Information for parents.

Written Information on adoption - Additional Information for parents of a Torres Strait Islander child in out-of-home care
This booklet provides important information for parents who are considering the adoption of their child who is Torres Strait Islander and is currently living in out-of-home care. It is to be read in addition to the Mandatory Written Information for parents of a child in out-of-home care.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents can receive more advice by contacting:

Adoption and Permanent Care Services
02 9716 3003
adoption.permanentcare@facs.nsw.gov.au

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019