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These are the latest figures from Adoptions Australia 2012–13.
Adoption is one of a range of options used to provide care for children who cannot live with their birth families. It is the process whereby the legal relationship between a child and their biological parents is severed, and the legal rights of the child are as if he/ she had been born to the adoptive parents.
in adoptions in Australia in the last 25 years.
adoptions were intercountry (from overseas).
adopted children were under 5 years of age.
of adopted children who came from overseas were from Asia.
was the typical wait time for families who adopted a child from overseas in 2012–13.
This has increased by 2 years since 2007–08.
Australian birth mothers were aged under 25.
All adoptive parents were aged over 30.
of Australian 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.