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Once you sign consent, there is also a period of time during which it can be withdrawn or extended.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