Adopting a child from overseas

If you wish to adopt a child from overseas, you must meet the criteria of the country you want to adopt from.

Australia has an established legal arrangement with all of the following countries:

  • India
  • Taiwan
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Columbia
  • South Korea.

To find out more about international adoption law, go to the Hague Convention on Private International Law website.

For more information about adopting a child from overseas, read the adopting a child in the Northern Territory fact sheet PDF (482.0 KB).

You can also contact the Northern Territory Adoptions Unit.

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Last updated: 27 October 2020

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