Adopting a child

Adoption is a legal process where the legal rights and responsibilities for a child are transferred from a child’s parents to the adoptive parents. 

All adoptions in NSW are done under the principle of open adoption. This means that the importance of a child maintaining relationships with their parents, extended families, heritage and culture is recognised.

The adoption process can be long and involved. This is to make sure the adoption is right for both the child and the adoptive family. 

This is a general guide for people in NSW who are thinking about adopting a child.

It can help you understand the different types of adoption, how to adopt and link you to support services.

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