Adopting from Australia
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Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Read more About Australia.
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Who Can Adopt
Each State and Territory in Australia has its own legislation relating to domestic and intercountry adoption by residents of Australia. The legislation is generally referred to as the State's 'Adoption Act' and is supported by regulations which govern the process of adoption in that particular State or Territory. Read more about Who Can Adopt from Australia.
Who Can Be Adopted
How to Adopt
The Australian Central Authority for Inter-country Adoption is the Australian Government Attorney General's Department, Intercountry Adoption Branch. The Commonwealth Government, through the Attorney-General's Department, has responsibility for the establishment and overall management of Australia's intercountry adoption programs. Learn more about How to Adopt from Australia.
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U.S. Mission in Australia
The U.S. also has consular representatives in Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth.
Australian Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption
Australian Government Attorney-General's Department Intercountry Adoption Branch’’’ Robert Garran Offices 3-5 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 Phone: 61 2 6141 3217 Email: email@example.com Web: Australian Government Attorney General Department
Embassy of Australia
Australia also maintains Consulates General and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco
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