Adopting a child can be an enriching and life changing experience, giving a little person a chance to have a loving family, safety and security for their lifetime.
When you adopt a child, you become their legal parents, and they legally become your child. They are issued a new birth certificate, and the child automatically receives the rights assumed by any of your other children – including inheritance.
There is nothing more important to children that have gone through so much already, to be adopted into a home with a sense of security and love.
In Victoria, you must be in a stable relationship and be either married or in a de-facto relationship for over two years when looking to adopt a child.
If you’re looking to adopt a child, it is important to be aware the legal process can be a long one. If you are involved in the process, it’s imperative you follow the law to ensure a smooth adoption process.
What are the steps to get the adoption happening?
Once you have decided that you are interested in adopting, there is a range of information sessions that you can attend, followed by training sessions for prospective adoptive parents.
Following the information and training, you are now ready to make your application and schedule interviews with registered government appointed adoption agents. After these interviews, consideration will be given to the application and specific elements such as links with past, culture and origin of the birth parents.
To have the adoption process explained in detail, monitored and managed, it’s important to engage the services of a Family Law Expert that understands the finite nature of adoption and the commitment you and your partner are making to the little child. For more information, Click here to visit the Victorian Government website for adoption services.
We are experts in adoption and family law and are always ready to assist you in any matter you come into. Visit our website or contact the McClure Law team today to find out more about adopting a child and our adoption services.