Adoption information for birth parents

Parents cannot give consent to their child's adoption until 16 days after their child’s birth.

What it means to place your child for adoption

Placing a child for adoption is a very emotional decision, and no one makes it lightly.

If you're considering having your child raised by another family, it's essential that you understand all your options. Adoption is permanent, so before deciding on adoption you need to consider other choices for the care of your child.

There's no need to make a hasty decision – you will be given lots of time to think through whether this is right for you.

Once you sign consent, there is also a period of time during which it can be withdrawn or extended. And remember, if you do proceed, that you have the opportunity for ongoing contact with your child after placement with an adoptive family.

Before you decide to go ahead, you need information and support. 

Who can you talk to?

The Infant Adoption Program provides counselling and information for all parents considering adoption, to help them make sure it's the best possible option for them and their child. There's no pressure, you'll receive all the help and support you need. To find a contact in your local area, see Adoption and Permanent Care Services teams.

You can also talk to someone you trust, like a hospital social worker, who'll make enquiries for you. The adoption service will then contact you.

All contact is confidential.