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Adoption and Permanent Care in New South Wales

Where to Start

If you are considering taking on the permanent care of a child (including through adoption), we recommend you first read our information on How Adoption Works In Australia.

As each state has its own legislation, agencies and variables, the next step is to assess the options for providing a permanent home to a child in NSW and determine which is right for you.

Currently in NSW there are five possible pathways for providing a permanent home for a child:

  • Local adoption
  • Intercountry adoption
  • Adoption from foster care
  • Guardianship
  • Long-term foster care

We are currently updating our information on NSW permanent care options. In the meantime, information can be accessed via Family and Community Services: