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Services and info for clients about adoption

Key services, information and resources for clients in relation to adoption.

Department of Health and Human Services

The department's site has information about adoption for people who want to adopt a child and also for parents who are thinking about giving a child up for adoption.

See:

For information about adoption from another country see Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)—Adopt a child from overseas.(opens in a new window)

Attorney-General’s Department (Cth)

The Commonwealth Attorney General site has information about adopting a child from overseas.

See Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department—International family law and children(opens in a new window).

County Court of Victoria

The County Court is where most adoption proceedings are heard. The court site has information about how to apply for an adoption order and the forms that need to be filed.

See County Court—Adoption and parentage(opens in a new window).

Births, Deaths and Marriages

This registry is responsible for recording births, adoptions and donors and surrogacy arrangements. It also issues birth certificates. Adopting applicants will need to file a certified copy of the birth certificate with the court.

See:

  • 'Adoptions'
  • 'Donor conceived births'

in Births, Deaths Marriages Victoria(opens in a new window).

Law Institute Victoria

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Legal Referral Service provides client referrals to lawyers across Victoria. The referral service operates a telephone service during business hours and an online service through the LIV website.

Referrals are tailored to meet client needs and provide a listing of up to three law firms practising in a particular area of law. All law firms participating in the referral service undertake to see clients for the first 30 minutes free of charge. This interview can be used to determine the nature of the legal issue and discuss the available options. Normal fees are charged after the first 30 minutes or if work needs to be prepared on the client’s behalf.

Phone (03) 9607 9550.

See Law Institute Victoria—Legal Referral Service(opens in a new window).

This is VLA's online referral booking and information tool.

See Legal Help Online (Orbit(opens in a new window)).

Court, CLC, FRC and VLA panels locator

Use Toby's maps to locate community legal centres, courts and private lawyers on the Victoria Legal Aid panel. Search for a list of services near where the caller lives. Search by postcode, name of organisation, phone number or suburb. Tick/untick the boxes to select the search categories.

Do not hit enter to avoid searching globally. Hit F5 to undo this global search.

See Google maps link for CLCs and 29A panellists(opens in a new window).

For Generalist CLCs and Local Government Agencies see Google maps link for General CLCs(opens in a new window).

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