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Adoption is one of a range of options used to provide permanent care for children who are unable to live with their families. It is a legal process where rights and responsibilities are transferred from a child’s parents to their adoptive parents.
The categories of adoption used in national reporting are:
Dynamic charts and data for intercountry adoption
Description and notes
These are the latest figures from Adoptions Australia 2014–15.
in adoptions in Australia in the last 25 years.
adoptions were carer adoptions.
Carer adoptions increased more than four fold in the last decade.
of local adoptees were under 1.
of intercountry adoptees were under 1.
of adoptees who came from overseas were from Asia.
was the typical wait time for families who adopted a child from overseas in 2014–15.
This has increased by more than 2 years since 2007–08.
birth mothers of local adoptees were aged under 25.
Almost all (89%) were unmarried.
of local adoptions were ‘open’ (that is, all parties agreed to some contact).
of ‘known’ adoptions were by non-relative carers (such as foster carers), and
of 'known' adoptions were by step-parents.