Eligibility and fees
Parents applying through the Local Adoption Program are assessed on the following criteria:
The minimum age for an applicant is 23 years and the upper limit for first placement through the Local Program is 43 years. The upper limit for placement through the Special Needs Program is more flexible, depending on the needs of the child.
Adoption applicants need to have been married, or in a de facto relationship for at least two years. Anglicare Sydney does not place children for adoption with same sex couples.
The applicant, or one of the joint applicants, must be an Australian citizen at the time when the child is placed with them. Applicants must be domiciled in NSW.
Applicants must be non-smokers, in good general health with normal life expectancy.
Applicants who wish to adopt through the Local Program must provide details of the nature of infertility. Where pregnancy would present genetic or health risks, a statement from the applicant's doctor is required.
All treatments for infertility must cease prior to submitting a formal application to adopt. Infertility treatment cannot resume while an adoption application is active.
Applicants must live within a 200 km radius of Sydney.
Special Needs Adoption
Our special needs adoption program is committed to ensuring the special and individual needs of each child are met by their adoptive parents. As a result, the eligibility criteria for this program are more flexible.
Fees related to adoption:
Fees for Adoption of a First Child
Fees for Adoption of a Second Child
Fees for Adoption of a Child with Special Needs