Adoption is a permanent legal process that provides a child with new parents. It severs the legal relationship between a child and their birth parents.

Adoption must be in the child’s best interest and meet the requirements of the Adoption of Children Act 1994.

This guide has information if you:

  • are considering adoption for your child
  • are considering adopting a child from the Northern Territory (NT) or overseas
  • are considering adopting your spouses’ child, known as step adoption
  • want to find out about a previous adoption in the NT.

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Last updated: 21 May 2015

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