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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:

Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

The Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament on 14 September 2016.

The Bill responds to issues identified in the Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 Final Report (PDF, 810 KB) Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 Final Report (RTF, 62 KB), which was tabled in Parliament on 8 August 2016. Throughout the review over 350 Queenslanders and organisations had their say on the operation of the Adoption Act 2009.

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.

Key changes in the Bill include:

  • expanding eligibility criteria to include same-sex couples, single persons and people undergoing fertility treatment
  • removing the offence and associated penalty for breach of a contact statement for adoptions that occurred before June 1991
  • improving access to pre-adoption information, and
  • strengthening existing provisions to assist an adopted person know and retain their identity.

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

The Bill has been referred to a Parliamentary Committee for consideration. For further details about the Committee process and how to have your say on the Bill, please visit the Queensland Parliament website.

  • Resources and publications

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

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