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Adoption & Permanent Care

Providing children with a brighter future

Our Adoption program provides support for biological parents, assessments for prospective parents, and support for adoptive families.

Our agency also runs a Permanent Carer program, facilitating permanent placements of children who have gone through the Child Protection System and cannot return to live with their biological families. Resourceful, open-minded and flexible permanent care parents are in great demand.

Our services are child-focused and aim to meet every child’s needs in the best possible way. 

We also have an Adoption Information Service providing information about past adoptions arranged by our agency. 

All our services operate state-wide.

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Adoption is a process of providing a secure, loving forever home to a child aged 0-12 months who has been voluntarily relinquished by their natural parents.

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Permanent Care

Permanent care is a process of providing a secure, loving forever home to a child aged 0-12 years, who resides in foster care and can no longer return to live with their birth parents.

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Adoption Information Service

Our Adoption Information Service provides information, records release, search, outreach and mediation services in relation to past adoptions arranged by CatholicCare Victoria and our predecessors.

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Foster Care is often confused with Permanent Care

Foster care is often confused with permanent care because of their similarities.

CatholicCare Victoria does not provide a foster care program, but we do work with children in foster care who are in need of permanent care.

If you are considering becoming a foster carer or you’d like to learn more, check out our Permanent Care webpage to see if this may be an option for you.

How do I access these services?

Parents and families (including prospective parents/carers), and agencies throughout Victoria can access these services by contacting our Footscray office below.

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Our Adoption, Permanent Care and Adoption Information services are offered state-wide from our Footscray office.
To make a booking or enquire about this service, please contact us:

T (03) 9689 3888
E APC@ccam.org.au



Other services

You might also be interested in some of the following services offered at CatholicCare Victoria: