Approved Adoption Agency - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to arrange adoptions or conduct negotiations relating to the adoption of children.

Only a non-profit welfare organisation may apply for approval as an adoption agency. A welfare organisation is an organisation that is formed for religious, charitable or welfare purposes, not for the purpose of trading or profit.

An approved adoption agency is authorised to organise adoption arrangements for Australian children only. Special approval is required to arrange international adoptions. International adoption is regulated by the Hague Convention.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval an agency will need to show proof that it:

  • Has sufficient experience in the provision of child and family services;
  • Employs principle officers who have professional qualifications, required experience in a relevant field and valid Working with Children Checks;
  • Has a thorough understanding of Australian and international adoption legislation and the ability to abide by international agreements for adoptive practices; and
  • Can satisfy any other requirements outlined in the authorising body's application procedure, such as security checks.

Due to the sensitive nature of this approval, please consult the agency for further details.

Duration

Not exceeding three years.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the responsible agency for further information on fees to be submitted.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for an Approved Adoption Agency - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
FIND

Act(s) name

Adoption Act 1984 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Adoption Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Health and Human Services
FIND


Operating address:
50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

1300 650 172
findduty@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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