Deciding to adopt
Information to help you decide if adopting a child is right for you and your family.
How adoption works in NSW
Adoptions that currently take place in NSW are done under the principle of open adoption.
Adoption can only happen when it’s in the child’s best interests and the adult is assessed as capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of a parent.
In NSW, open adoptions are finalised by the Supreme Court when they make an adoption order.
Some non-local or intercountry open adoptions are finalised overseas with the adoption order made in the overseas country.
Who can adopt?
An individual or couple can adopt a child. This includes gay and transgender people.
A couple includes 2 people who are married or de facto partners.
Applicants must also be:
- over 21 years of age
- at least 18 years older than the child to be adopted
- a resident or domiciled in NSW
- of good repute.