The approval process for prospective adopters has two stages; the first stage enables you to learn about adoption and the second is made up of a more intensive assessment and preparation.
Find out more about each stage:
- pre-assessment and information
- stage 1 – initial preparation and training
- stage 2
- agency decision
- matching children and families
- introduction to a child
The expectation is that both approval stages will be completed within 6 months, with 'stage 1' taking 2 months and 'stage 2' taking 4 months. There is also a fast track process for some previous adopters and approved foster carers.