Adopting a child from the NT

Unless exceptional circumstances exist, if you wish to adopt a child in the Northern Territory (NT), you must be all of the following:

  • an NT resident
  • married
  • between 25 and 40 years older than the child you wish to adopt, or up to 45 years older if you have care and custody of another child.

If you are single

If you are single you may be able to adopt a child in exceptional circumstances. 

The adoption must be in the best interests of the child.

You will be assessed for your suitability, including whether you are already known to the child or are well-equipped to meet the child's needs.

How to register your interest

To register you interest in adopting a child follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in an expression of interest form (63.2 kb). This is the first official step in the adoption process.

You will need to declare all of the following:

  • that you have not had a previous adoption registration cancelled or rejected
  • a child has not been removed from your care
  • you have not been convicted of an offence involving abuse or abduction of a child
  • you are mentally and physically capable of caring for a child.

Step 2. Submit your completed form by mail, email or in person to the Adoptions Unit.

The Adoption Unit will contact you about the expression of interest form and make an appointment to discuss your circumstances.

You can contact the Adoption Unit at any time for more information or to discuss your application.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017