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Adoption is a legal process where rights and responsibilities are transferred from a child’s parent/s to their adoptive parent/s. The adopted child assumes the same legal rights, privileges and social status as if born to the adoptive parent/s, including the right of inheritance.
The categories of adoption used in national reporting are:
Each state and territory government in Australia has its own legislation, policies and practices regarding adoption. They are responsible for processing adoption applications and approving prospective adoptive parents. The Australian Government oversees adoption processes and works closely with state and territory governments to ensure that Australia’s adoption arrangements are ethical and appropriate.
Information on adopting a child may be obtained from state and territory departments responsible for adoption, Intercountry Adoption Australia and the Department of Social Services websites. Visa and citizenship information, for parents adopting a child from outside Australia, is available from the Department of Home Affairs website.
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