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Adoption Act 2009 – 11 November 2016

Adoption Regulation 2009 – 18 November 2016

Summary

A parent may give up guardianship of a child to the government by consenting to the child’s adoption; the government will then arrange custody of the child.

  • Sections 57, 180

After being granted leave from the Family Court, a spouse of a parent may apply to become a step-parent.

  • Sections 92, 204

A person may make an expression of interest in being assessed for suitability to be an adoptive parent.

  • Section 68
Reason for Law

To promote the wellbeing and best interests of adopted persons throughout their lives. (Section 5)

Relevant links

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

State Library of Queensland (Adoption records)

Forms

Foster Care [Queensland Government]

Foster Care [Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services]
Resources and publications

Foster Care Queensland

Adopt Change

Children by Choice

Media article

Queensland to scrap legal same-sex adoption barriers

Adoption laws in Queensland changed to allow same-sex couples to become parents

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