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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Introduction to adoption

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1 July 2020

What is adoption?

Adoption is a social, psychological and legal process through which adults who are not a child’s birth parents are given the legal status of being the child’s parents. The primary objective of adoption is to provide a family for a child who cannot be cared for by their immediate or extended birth family. Adoption can provide security, love, protection and nurturing for such a child.

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