Adoption is one of the options used to provide permanent care for children who are unable to live with their families. The adoption process establishes a permanent, legal parent–child relationship between a child and their adoptive parent/s.
More reports and statistics on adoption can be found under Child protection and Children & youth.
adoptions were finalised in Australia in 2016–17, an increase of 13% from 2015–16
of local adoptees, and 74% of intercountry adoptees, were aged under 5
of intercountry adoptions were from Asia
of all adoptions were by known carers, such as foster parents
was the median processing time for intercountry placements
of local adoptions allow a degree of contact or information exchange between families
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