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.