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:
It is unlawful to attempt to privately arrange an adoption in Queensland.
Information about adoption support and services can now be found on the Queensland Government website. Visit our adoption page for information about:
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 Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 Final Report , 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:
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.
Read about the legislation administered by the department and the policies and procedures relating to adoption.