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I want to place a child for adoption

Adoption describes the process of transferring legal parental responsibility from you to the proposed adoptive parents. Your child will live with their adoptive parents, who will raise them and care for them until they become an adult themselves. Adoption is permanent. It is not something that will expire. It even results in a new birth certificate for the child being issued, naming their new adoptive parents.  

Anglicare embraces open adoption. That means you will be able to have ongoing face-to-face visits and other forms of contact with your child as he or she grows up. The nature and frequency of post-adoption contact will be discussed with you and recorded in a document called an 'Adoption Plan'. You will be invited to consider the profiles of different adoptive families and choose who your child is placed with based on the things that are most important to you.   
Anglicare Sydney will help your child settle into their new family and support contact between you, the child and the adoptive family. 

Post-adoption support for birth parents

Counselling and emotional support
Provision of updates and key information
Supporting ongoing face-to-face visits
Referrals to specialist services if needed

Considering adoption

You might consider adoption if you feel unable to care for your child due to your personal circumstances or family, financial or social pressures.

Parents who consider adoption often report experiencing mixed and painful emotions. It is important for you to have time to adjust to the birth of your baby before making a choice about adoption. As your decision to place a child for adoption lasts a lifetime, all parenting options and alternatives to adoption will be discussed with you. This will help you make an informed decision about your child’s care and future.

Once your child is born you will be asked to sign a voluntary agreement so they can stay on a temporary basis with authorised foster carers. You can visit your child or request they be returned to you at any time. During this time, you will meet with a worker who will discuss the emotional and legal implications of adoption with you.

If you decide adoption is best for you and your baby, you will participate in Registered Adoption Counselling and then be required to provide your legal consent. After the consent document is signed, you have a period of 30 days to change your mind.

You can contact Anglicare at any time during the pregnancy or after the birth of the baby to find out more information.

Your child's adoptive parents

  • Potential adoptive parents for your child who Anglicare have approved for adoption have been thoroughly screened, trained and assessed. 
  • The have demonstrated an attitude of openness. They have the skills to parent an adopted child, support their identity development and care for them… for life.
  • Adoptive parents come from diverse backgrounds and will have shown Anglicare their ability to meet your child’s cultural and other needs. 

Your enquiry is confidential

If you would like to speak to a worker today, please feel free to contact us on (02) 9890 6800 and ask to speak to someone from the Adoption and Guardianship team.

Alternatively, please complete the enquiry form below and a worker will contact you at a suitable time. Our office is located in Telopea, however we can meet with you at a time and location convenient for you within a 200km radius of Sydney. With your consent, the hospital social worker, midwife or early childhood nurse can also contact us on your behalf.  

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