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.


Ben Sayer

Partner, Sayer Jones

Placing a child for adoption

Last updated

1 July 2020

Anyone considering relinquishing a child for adoption with anyone other than relatives should speak to someone at Adoption Victoria or one of the approved agencies. Opportunity is given to fully discuss all the options, including arrangements other than adoption. If a person finally decides to relinquish a child for adoption, arrangements can be made for the child to be cared for before they are placed with an adoptive family (if necessary).

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