Adoption is one of the most selfless and overwhelming forms of love.
When a person or couple have decided to start a family, or perhaps been faced with infertility while trying to fall pregnant, adoption is the absolute equal of bearing your own children, in the eyes of endless love and open hearts.
Parents of adopted children usually come to an agreement with the agency or birth parents as to which form of adoption is the best for everyone.
There is open adoption, in which the birth parents still have legal rights to receiving pictures and possibly visiting with their birth child someday.
A closed adoption basically means that as soon as the papers are signed, the child is no longer theirs and the birth parents have no legal rights in seeing or speaking to their child ever again.
Sadly, the process emotional of adoption can be a lengthy one, and depending on where the little one is traveling from, which is most likely always from somewhere overseas when you live in Australia.
There are additional steps on top of approving the actual adoption in order to bring your new child beyond your country’s borders.
In Australia, the process of bringing home your adopted little one is a simple Visa.
An Adoption Visa is usually applied for and sponsored by the new adoptive parents and allows the adoptive child to come into Australia to live with their new family.
The child and family must already be adopted or in the process of adoption, and the child must be outside of the country of Australia while the Visa application is being processed. If the adoption is being processed by a territory or state adoption agency, you are allowed to complete the Visa application before the adoption is finalised.
The Visa provides permanent residency for the child and leaves open the option to apply for citizenship, if they are eligible at that certain time.
The Visa also legally allows and ensures the child to:
- When old enough, work and study within the country
- Travel within, out of, and back into Australia for a limit of 5 years, in which a renewal will be required
- Stay in Australia indefinitely
- Apply for Medicare
In order to be eligible and hopefully approved for an Adoption Visa in Australia, the child must have either:
- Been in the adoption process under the guidance and supervision of an Australian state or territory agency, or
- Adopted privately by an expatriate Australia resident that has been traveling out of the country for 12 months prior to the application being finalized, or
- Adopted under the cooperative understanding of two countries hey have been adopted through an arrangement between two countries, other than Australia, that are participants of the Hague Convention.
A child adopted under the Hague Convention will require a special compliance certificate, and the adoption will not be finalized until the certificate is granted and completed.
The cost of an Adoption Visa (Subclass 102) is around $2,370 and does not include additional possible fees to be paid by the parent such as physical assessments, medical tests, and legal certifications for your new child.
When considering the blessed and beautiful process of adoption, sadly, there are a few legal steps to be taken before you can bring your child home.
It is highly advised to researching your country’s adoption laws and making an appointment with one of your state or territory’s adoption agency offices to receive the most thorough and appropriate knowledge and support of how to bring your little one home.
Adoption is such a loving, heartfelt, and life changing decision, and before you can start your magical journey as a parent, there is a legal process.
In order to make the process as quick as possible, follow the country’s adoption guidelines and before you know it, you will be wrapping up your little bundle, and on your way to the rewarding and overwhelming happiness of parenthood.
If medical fertility intervention has failed, or you have always wanted to rescue a child in need, adoption is a beautiful, selfless choice.
Every child deserves to feel the unconditional love and guidance from a parent, and every parent needs that ever lasting bond with their child.