When you decide to adopt an Aussie child, there are several things you need to know about the process. The first thing you need to know is that all adoptions in Australia differ depending on the state and territory where the process is to be carried out. Each state and territory has its own set of rules and regulations. To understand the details of where it is that you are living the best option is to speak to adoption lawyers. These know what the laws are in detail and will help you through the entire process.
In Australia, you can adopt a child from another country (inter-country adoption) or locally within the same territory or state or from a different one. It is important to know that state and territory governments will govern the adoption process including the inter-country adoption.
You can adopt a child you know or one that you do not know. Known child adoptions are regulated by the Family law. In this case a relative or a step-parent may adopt a child. However, a parenting order is preferred to an adoption order. This is because the latter breaks legal ties with the biological parent which is often not what this kind of adoption is intended for. The child will remain under your care but the birth parents can still be in contact with and make decisions for their child’s welfare.
What about same-sex couples? Can they adopt a child in Australia? This will depend on where it is that you intend to adopt the child. In the Northern Territory, it is not legal whereas the South Australian government introduced a bill to legalize this in September 2016. Currently, same sex couples in Tasmania, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia can adopt children. Queensland and Victoria same-sex couples adoption laws are yet to take effect but will do so soon.
As for single parents, they can adopt children in all parts of Australia except Victoria and South Australia. It is however important to note that couples are given preference over individuals and the waiting period for the latter is usually too long making it near impossible.
If you would like to talk to an Queensland adoption lawyers, please contact Macdonnells Law