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.

Adoption information

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

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

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