Adoption is legally regulated in Victoria. The primary objective of adoption is to provide a safe, loving family for a child who cannot be cared for by their birth family. Another permanent arrangement for the care of a non-biological child is a permanent care order made by the Children’s Court.

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Ben Sayer

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Adoption offences

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1 July 2020

It is an offence to make unauthorised adoption arrangements. Any person who transfers, causes to be transferred, or receives possession, custody or control of a child with a view to adopting the child – without being authorised to do so in writing by Adoption Victoria or by the principal officer of an approved agency – is guilty of an offence (s 122(1) Adoption Act).

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