Adoption is a legal process where the legal rights and responsibilities for a child are transferred from the child’s parents to the adoptive parent(s). In New South Wales, adoption orders are made by the Supreme Court.
The Adoption Act 2000 (NSW) is the central piece of legislation that deals with adoption in NSW and The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is the government department charged with dealing with adoptions in NSW.
An adoption order for a child can be made for a single person or a couple. A couple includes two persons who are married to one another or are de facto partners (whether of the same sex or of a different sex).
Adoptive applicants must be:
There are different types of adoption that you might be considering:
It is worth noting that adoption is a complex and emotional process. I can assist in advising you of the correct process to be followed and the suitability of either the adoption process or obtaining Family Court Orders.