You need to attend an information session to help you understand what the adoption process involves.
Who can apply?
You do not need any special qualifications to be an adoptive parent. The experiences and skills of all families are welcome. Whether you have the potential to meet the needs of children needing an adoptive family is the most important consideration. The Adoption Act 1984 does require, however, that you have been married or in a stable de facto relationship for at least 2 years before you apply. You will be required to provide documentary evidence for this.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit in the Adoption Act 1984, but there is an expectation that you should be fit and healthy enough to care for a child safely through to adulthood. Broadly speaking, this means that you need to fit within the spread of ages at which most people become parents.
How much does it cost?
There are no fees for the Infant Adoption Program, although you'll have to pay legal costs when you apply for the adoption order at the County Court.
How do you apply?
Here's an overview of the adoption process.