For a range of reasons a parent may consider placing their child for adoption.

If you're considering having your child raised by another family, it's essential that you understand all your options. Adoption is permanent, so before deciding on adoption you need to consider other choices for the care of your child.

Before you decide to go ahead, you need information and support.

Adoption information and counselling

Some parents have made a clear decision about adoption. Others may need more information before they are confident to make a decision. 

Options counselling is a good way of working through the information and feelings that might impact on your decision. If you are considering adoption, a counsellor will support you with information to help you make this decision. 

Counselling can begin at any time, before or after the child is born.  You cannot give consent to the adoption until 16 days after your child’s birth.

Once you sign consent, there is also a period of time during which it can be withdrawn or extended. 

If you do go ahead with the adoption, you will have the opportunity for ongoing contact with your child after adoption.

You can either contact Adoption Victoria or one of the approved adoption agencies to get counselling and information. 

You can also talk to someone you trust, like a hospital case manager, who'll make enquiries for you. The adoption service will then contact you.

All contact is confidential.

A range of services that provide information about pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria can be found at My options (External link)

 

Find out more

Contact Adoption Victoria

(03) 8608 5700 or 1300 769 926 (local call cost)
1800 130 225 (national free call)
options.adoptions@justice.vic.gov.au (External link)

Adoption Information Services
Level 20, 570 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000
Victoria