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Adoption

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 is responsible for providing services in Queensland for:

  • parents considering adoption for their children
  • children requiring adoptive placements
  • people seeking to adopt children
  • people seeking information or to lodge a contact statement in relation to a past adoption.

Adoption Services provides services in accordance with the requirements of the Adoption Act 2009 (PDF) and the Adoption Regulation 2009 (PDF).

It is unlawful to attempt to privately arrange an adoption in Queensland.

Adoption support and services

Information about adoption support and services can now be found on the Queensland Government website. Visit our adoption page for information about:

Proposed changes to Queensland’s adoption laws

Following the review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009, the Queensland Government announced its intention to propose changes to the Act.

The proposed changes to the Adoption Act 2009 include allowing single persons, same sex couples and persons undergoing fertility treatment to make an expression of interest to adopt. The Queensland Government also indicated it will propose to remove the offence for breaching a pre-1991 contact statement and its associated penalty.

These changes have not yet been made. Any changes to Queensland law are subject to the Queensland Parliamentary process.

For more information on how laws are made and amended, visit the Queensland Parliament website.

Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has completed a review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009. Throughout the review over 350 Queenslanders and organisations had their say, and the results of the review have now been published in the Report of the Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009. (PDF, 810 KB) Report of the Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009. (RTF, 62 KB)

The results of the review indicate that the Adoption Act 2009 is operating as intended, but that some aspects of the legislation could be enhanced to ensure Queensland is doing its best to promote the wellbeing and best interests of adopted persons throughout their lives. Proposed changes include:

  • expanding eligibility criteria to include singles and same-sex couples
  • removing penalties for breaching contact statement
  • broadening access to information provisions,
  • streamlining processes for adoption by step-parents.
  • Resources and publications

    Read about the legislation administered by the department and the policies and procedures relating to adoption.

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