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Working with birth parents and adoptive families

Adoption is the long-term care of a child aged 0-12 months who has been relinquished by their birth parents.

When a child is adopted, the adoptive parents receive full parental rights, and so the child’s birth certificate is changed to reflect the child as having been born to the adoptive parents.

Children in adoptive care are entitled to ongoing contact with their birth parents up to four times a year, and birth parents are entitled to information exchange of photos and updates on the progress of their child.

Our Adoption Program

Our adoption program arranges placements of infants aged up to 12 months who have been voluntarily relinquished for adoption.

Through granting of an Adoption Order, the adopted child legally assumes all rights and privileges as a birth child, including the right to inheritance. A new birth certificate is also issued. The child’s background however is always acknowledged and ongoing contact with their birth family is encouraged.

Birth parents considering placing your child for adoption:

  • You are welcome to contact us
    Regardless of where you live in Victoria, our social workers can travel to meet you at your place of residence.
  • We respond to your needs
    You can rest assured we will respect your cultural background and your needs and wishes throughout the adoption process.
  • We provide relevant information 
    We make sure you have everything you need to understand the adoption process.
  • We’ll help you make informed decisions
    We encourage you to explore all options for care of your child and help you make an informed decision about their future.
  • Counselling and support is available
    We offer counselling and support around contact and information exchange with the adoptive family.

Couples considering becoming adoptive parents:

  • You are welcome to contact us
    We can support and work with you, regardless of where you live in Victoria.
  • Information and training is available
    We run information and training sessions in cooperation with the Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Adoption accreditation
    We will assess your adoption application, so you can become accredited for adoption.
  • We provide support
    We provide full support with parenting, contact and any issues after your child has been placed with you.
  • Ongoing support is also available
    Our support can continue after the Adoption Order has been granted, when there is need for this additional support.

Adoption support

Whether you are considering becoming an adoptive parent or placing your child for adoption, it can be a difficult and emotional process.

We offer support for all parents and families involved, including legal support.

If you have any questions or you are in need of support, please contact us or view the factsheet below.

More information

Contact us

For more information on our Adoptions program please contact our Footscray office:

T: 03 9689 3888

E: Footscray@ccam.org.au


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