• Print

released: 14 Dec 2011 author: AIHW media release

This report contains comprehensive information relating to adoptions in Australia, including characteristics of adopted children, adoptive families and birth mothers. During 2010-11 there were 384 finalised adoptions across Australia-the lowest annual number on record. Of these adoptions: 56% were intercountry, 12% were local and 32% were 'known' child adoptions; 62% of adopted children were under 5 years of age; the majority of intercountry adoptees came from Asia (80%). The three most common countries of origin in Asia were China (24%), the Philippines (17%), and Taiwan (12%). Ethiopia was the most common country of origin outside the Asian region (19%).

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978-1-74249-268-1; Cat. no. CWS 40; 98pp.; Internet only

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Report structure
    • 2 Adoptions in Australia
      • 2.1 Categories of adoption
      • 2.2 Adoption legislation and processes
      • 2.3 Special needs children
      • 2.4 Post adoption adjustment and support
    • 3 Detailed analysis of adoptions in Australia in 2010–11
      • 3.1 Adoptions in 2010–11
      • 3.2 Intercountry adoptions
      • 3.3 Local adoptions
      • 3.4 'Known' child adoptions
      • 3.5 Access to information
    • 4 Trends in adoptions in Australia
      • 4.1 Trends in categories of adoptions
      • 4.2 Adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
      • 4.3 Permanent care orders (Victoria only)
    • 5 International comparisons
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Statistical tables
      • Appendix B Legislation
        • B.1 Summary of legislation
        • B.2 Provisions for 'open' adoptions
        • B.3 Access to information and veto systems
      • Appendix C Countries party to the Hague Convention
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Adoptions Australia 2010-11. Child welfare series no. 52. Cat. no. CWS 40. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 27 September 2016 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420776>.

Request an alternative format

Please contact us if you need information from the website presented in an alternative format for accessibility reasons.