The Office of Adoption Services Victoria at 570 Bourke St Melbourne is closed until further notice.
Our Case Managers are still available to assist via email.
For enquiries about:
- adoption records, please email AdoptionRecords@justice.vic.gov.au
- adopting a child, please email AdoptionsVic@justice.vic.gov.au
For all other enquires, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to the relevant team for action.
In some circumstances you can receive the records of your child’s adoption.
There are two limits to this:
- You cannot receive any information from which a natural parent may be identified without the natural parent’s consent, evidence of their death or a court order.
- You cannot receive any information about an adopted person who has turned 18 years of age, without the natural parent’s consent, evidence of their death or a court order.
The information available comes from the records held by the adoption agency and records from the Court that made the adoption order.
Apply for records from an adoption agency
If the adoption agency that arranged your adoption is still an approved adoption agency, they can provide you with your adoption records. This includes agencies where the agency has merged with another or the agency has changed names. For example: the adoption records created by St Joseph's Babies Home in Glenroy are now held by CatholicCare.
If the adoption agency that arranged the adoption has ceased to arrange adoptions, you need to apply for records through Adoption Information Services. Even if the adoption agency does continue to operate, you may choose to seek your records through Adoption Information Services.
You can receive the records of your own application to adopt from Freedom of information.
Contact the Adoption Information Service