The process of adoption in Australia is often difficult, costly and slow: it can even be more difficult if the child is from overseas. Recently, the Australian Government established a new agency service to streamline the process and guide Australian families looking to adopt a child from overseas, while ensuring the adoption process is in the best interests of the child.
Current processing time for an intercountry adoption process is lengthy. It is not unusual for prospective parents to wait for five years to adopt, and the cost can be in excess of $10,000. The new Intercountry Adoption Australia service aims to shorten the adoption processing time while ensuring that the best interests of the child are safeguarded.
It also endeavours to support families interested in adopting a child from overseas with a centralised service including a national telephone information line and website intercountryadoption.gov.au.
In our experience with the immigration and adoption law processes, prospective parents need to be conscious of the risks and personal stress associated with the adoption process. For example, they may only have access to limited background information on the child, or the adoption may fall through at a late stage.