Adoption is one option that parents can consider if they need to secure a permanent family to care for their child.
Parents considering the future care of their children are encouraged to fully consider all care options available and to discuss these options with members of their family and people in their support network before making a decision.
Adoption can only be arranged by Adoption Services. It is an offence to attempt to privately arrange an adoption in Queensland.
There is no assumption that parents who contact Adoption Services for information will end up consenting to their child's adoption.
Additional information for parents considering adoption for their child is available in the Considering adoption for your child - Factsheet Considering adoption for your child - Factsheet and the Is adoption the right option? - Information for parents considering adoption for their child Is adoption the right option? - Information for parents considering adoption for their child booklet.
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Adoption Services supports parents by providing:
- the help and support they need to make an informed decision
- access to culturally appropriate services and support
- access to additional services and support external to the department
- information and counselling to ensure they make an informed and voluntary decision regarding their child's future care, as required under the Adoption Act 2009.
Counselling provided to the parent of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child must be carried out in a way and at a place appropriate to Aboriginal tradition or Island custom and may be partly provided by an appropriate Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
A parent cannot sign an adoption consent until at least 30 days after the birth of their child and at least 14 days after information has been given and pre-consent counselling has been completed.
After signing an Adoption Consent form a parent has 30 days in which he or she can revoke the consent.
If parents proceed with arranging adoption for their child, they can express preferences about the type of adoptive family with whom they would like their child to be placed including the religion, cultural background, age and lifestyle of the couple.
They can also express preferences about having ongoing contact, either directly or through non-identifying correspondence, with the child and adoptive parents.
When selecting the most suitable adoptive parents for each child, Adoption Services considers:
- all preferences expressed by the child's birth parents
- the child's particular needs
- the characteristics of couples assessed as suitable to be adoptive parents.
Parents can contact Adoption Services any time before or after the birth of their child.
They can contact Adoption Services directly, or talk with someone they trust, such as a hospital social worker or counsellor, who can make enquiries on their behalf with Adoption Services.
All contact is confidential.