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 2015–16, a 74% decline since 1991–92
of children adopted were from Australia (local and known child adoptions)
of local adoptees were under 5
of children adopted were from overseas
was how long applicants for intercountry adoption waited for a child to be placed with them
known child adoptions were by step-parents
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