Who Can Be Adopted from Australia

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Australia is party to the Hague Convention, but is a receiving country only and does not have an outgoing inter-country adoption program.

Requirements vary depending upon the relevant State or Territory. Generally the child must be under 18 years old and unmarried. Adoption should only occur if there are no other alternatives available for the child to remain with their family of origin. The welfare and the interests of the child are regarded as the paramount consideration at all times. Information about State specific eligibility requirements is available from the website of the relevant State or Territory Central Authority.

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