We are looking for eligible Victorian families who are willing and able to adopt a child with special needs from a range of countries.
Adopting a child from overseas
Intercountry adoption is only considered when a country has exhausted all options to care for a child.
Intercountry Adoption Victoria (IAV) is responsible for assessing the families that are interested in providing a permanent, legal family for children who require adoption from an approved overseas country.
IAV facilitates the adoption process, and supports and supervises the child and family as they transition to their new lives together.
Children who require adoption
In recent years, the majority of children placed with Victorian families have been 4 years and older.
The children who require adoption are likely to have special needs as a result of their life experiences. Many will have lived in orphanages for most of their life and not had the individual care and attention that children need. They will have experienced multiple caregivers and are unlikely to have formed a strong and healthy bond to a primary carer. Many will have complex and challenging family backgrounds.
Despite the best efforts of orphanage staff, these children are likely to have had poor or limited access to health care, education and other developmental opportunities. Most will have health and developmental issues.
Children with these sorts of life experiences need careful and consistent parenting to help them heal from their traumatic experiences. Considered and insightful parenting will help these children realise their full potential.
It can be challenging for a family to provide the consistent care and nurturing that a vulnerable child needs, however intercountry adoptive families agree that the rewards are immeasurable. There are a range of resources designed to help you including an education program and ongoing access to support and training through various support groups.
To find out who's eligible, how to register your interest and how applications are assessed see the following information.