Adoption is a way to provide a permanent family for children who, for various reasons, cannot live with their birth family. The legal adoption process establishes a permanent parent-child relationship between a child and his or her adoptive parents. Adoption also removes the legal relationship between the child and his or her birth parents and extended family.
Adoption Services, through the department, is responsible for providing services in Queensland for:
It is unlawful to attempt to privately arrange an adoption in Queensland.
Adoption is one option that parents can consider if they need to secure a permanent family to care for their child.
Intercountry adoption provides permanent legal families in Queensland for children from overseas for whom an appropriate adoptive family cannot be found in the country of origin.
Adoption information within the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services on adopting a child within Australia.
Adoption information about past adoptions and access to information.
Information sessions for couples interested in expressing interest in the Queensland and Intercountry Childrens Adoption Programs are provided from time to time by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services for people wanting more information about adoption in Queensland.
Frequently asked questions about adoption.
Adoption contacts for other agencies including non government and government.
Adoption information and forms, websites of interest and schedule of fees.