Provisions enabling same-sex couples to adopt have been proclaimed into law. This happened on 17 February 2017.

Same-sex couples

  • I am in a same-sex relationship - can we apply to adopt?

    Yes.

    Since 17 February 2017, same-sex couples have been able to apply to the Department for Child Protection to adopt a child.

    Applications by same-sex couples will be treated the same as applications by different-sex couples.

    For more information contact Adoption Services on (08) 8463 3666.

  • Can we adopt a child relinquished in South Australia?

    Yes.

    Same-sex couples are able to apply to the Department for Child Protection to adopt a child born in South Australia who has been relinquished for adoption.

    For more information see adopting a local child or contact Adoption Services on (08) 8463 3666.

  • Can we adopt a child from another country?

    Each country has its own laws about who can adopt their children.

    Only two countries - South Africa and Colombia - will accept overseas adoption applications from same-sex couples.

    Now that the new law is in place, you are able to apply to the Department for Child Protection to adopt a child from South Africa and Colombia.

    For more information see adopting an overseas child or contact Adoption Services on (08) 8463 3666.

  • Can I adopt my partner's child?

    Yes.

    A formal application needs to be made to the Youth Court of South Australia.

    Your application will be treated in the same way as applications by people in different-sex relationships.

    When you make an application to the Court, the Court will notify the Department for Child Protection. This is because the department is responsible for providing the relevant consents and a report on the application to the Court.

Adoption Support

To talk to someone about getting support for how these changes might affect you, you can contact:

Post Adoption Support Services (non-government)

Email: passinfo@rasa.org.au
Phone: (08) 8245 8100

Department for Child Protection Adoption Services (government)

Emailadoptions@sa.gov.au
Phone: 8463 3666

Adoption Act Review Office

Policy staff are available to help you with your queries about the Act.

Email: DCPAdoptionReview@sa.gov.au
Phone: 8226 6840