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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.

Review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009

The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that adoption practice is supported by a legislative framework that reflects contemporary community values. The introduction of the Adoption Act 2009 was a major reform to adoption legislation in Queensland, and included a provision for a five-year review of the legislation to consider its impact on children and families.

The department is undertaking a public consultation for the review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 to assess the impact of the Act on the parties to adoption and their families. We will be consulting with stakeholders through a range of methods, including face-to-face discussions, public briefings and online consultation.

A discussion paper has been developed to explain the key areas of the legislation being reviewed and guide the consultation.

We want to hear your responses to the questions raised in the discussion paper. You can provide your responses online by going to Get Involved, or sending a written response to the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

The review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009 will run from September 2015 to March 2016.

For more information about the review of the operation of the Adoption Act 2009, go to Get Involved or email

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:

  • Resources and publications

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

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