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How to request adoption information

On 2 November 2016, Queensland Parliament passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, making a number of changes to the Adoption Act 2009. The content on this page provides information about the changes to Queensland’s adoption laws. The information resources are currently being reviewed and will be updated as soon as possible.

If you wish to apply for information about the identity of an adopted person or birth parent/s please complete the relevant application form below and return it to Adoption Services.

As part of your application, you must provide a certified copy of two documents from the following list to prove your identity:

You can also contact us to talk about your circumstances and eligibility to apply for adoption information and for assistance with completing the relevant application form.

On this page:

If you are a birth parent of an adopted child

If you are a birth parent and you wish to apply for identifying information about your child who is under the age of 18 years:

If you are a birth parent and wish to make an application for adoption information about your adopted child who is now an adult:

If you are a relative of a birth parent and wish to apply for adoption information on their behalf (a relative may apply only where the birth parent is deceased and a relative or guardian may apply where the birth parent does not have capacity to apply for themselves):

If you are an adoptive parent

If you are an adoptive parent and wish to apply for pre-adoption information:

If you are an adult who was adopted

If you are an adult who was adopted in Queensland and you wish to apply for information about your identity and your birth parent/s identity:

If you are the relative of an adult adopted person and wish to apply for adoption information on their behalf (a relative may apply only where the adult adopted person is deceased and a relative or guardian may apply where the adult adopted person does not have capacity to apply for themselves):

If you are a birth sibling of an adopted child

If you wish to apply for adoption information about a birth sibling who was adopted as a child and is now an adult:

A pre-adoption sibling is a person who would have been an adopted person’s brother or sister if the adoption had not taken place and is not an adopted person themselves.

Information can be given only if the adopted person provides written consent and where a birth parent has advised Adoption Services (in writing) that they are agreeable to be contacted.

If you are an adopted child

If you are an adopted child (under the age of 18 years) and have the consent of your parent/s to apply for pre-adoption information:

How to search for a birth relative

Adopted people, adoptive parent/s, birth parent/s, relative/s and birth sibling/s (a brother or sister who was not adopted) can request information about past adoptions in Queensland.

If you wish to search for a birth relative, we encourage you to make contact with an adoption counselling and support service to help you prepare for some of the challenges associated with searching for, and possibly meeting, your birth relatives.

Read the brochure Searching for a birth relative for more information.

Adoption Services

Address:
Work Level 1, 111 George Street
BRISBANE  QLD  4000
Postal address:
Post GPO Box 806
BRISBANE  QLD  4001
Phone:
Work (07) 3224 7415 or 1800 647 983
(free call within Queensland)
Fax:
Fax (07) 3006 4065
Email:

As Adoption Services is located in a secure building, you will be asked to register with the security desk before gaining access.

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Last updated:
13 March 2017
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