Child Adoption

For anyone considering adopting a child, the process may seem overwhelming. At Coleman Greig our experienced family lawyers will guide you through the legal process, ensuring you take the most appropriate path for a successful outcome.

The reasons for wanting to adopt a child are many and varied and those seeking advice in this area may include couples who are unable to conceive naturally, couples in same-sex relationships, and “step” parents who are looking to legally adopt children from their partner’s previous relationship.

Adoption is the formal process that transfers “parental responsibility” for a child from the birth parents (or carer) to the adoptive parents or carers. Parental responsibility is the phrase used to describe all the rights, responsibilities and duties that a parent owes in relation to his or her children, including matters such as schooling, religious education and medical treatment.

The majority of adoptions that take place locally are by foster parents, carers, step-parents and grandparents who are already taking care of the child in question. If you are in this position, our experienced family lawyers at Coleman Greig can provide advice on the necessary steps and procedures that you should take as an adoptive parent, and guide you through the process.

Couples seeking to adopt a baby or child that is not already within their care are advised to contact the responsible State/Territory authority in their home state in the first instance for an information package and to initiate the process.

For more information, or to make an appointment at one of our offices, contact us.

Parramatta Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9200
Level 11, 100 George Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150


Norwest Baulkham Hills Office
Phone +61 2 9895 9343
Suite 601, Level 6, 2 - 8 Brookhollow Avenue
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153    

Child Adoption - Our Clients


  • Two new Accredited Specialists for Greater Sydney’s premier law firm - 25 Oct 2017
    The Principals of Coleman Greig are thrilled to announce that Hadi Boustani, Litigation & Disputes, and Karina Ralston, Family Law, have become Accredited Specialists in their respective areas of law.
  • Industry recognition for expertise and impact - 6 Sep 2017
    Coleman Greig is thrilled with the recent recognition of two of its Principals, Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar and Caroline Hutchinson, in industry awards.
  • Open adoption in the spotlight - 30 Mar 2016
    Karina Ralston
    The University of Sydney has been granted permission by the Government to establish an Institute for Open Adoption Studies. It is hoped that the Institute will increase the numbers of adoptions in NSW, helping the 20,000 children and young people currently in Out Of Home Care by moving them into permanent, safe and stable homes.
  • Deborra-lee Furness shines the light on adoption for Women in Business - 12 Nov 2015
    Internationally acclaimed actress, Deborra-lee Furness, is firmly in the spotlight this week in her role as a passionate advocate for vulnerable and abandoned children. Speaking to a sell out crowd at the Coleman Greig Women in Business Networking Forum on Wednesday 11 November, Furness discussed her own experiences with adoption in both Australia and overseas. Sharing stories and the hard hitting facts, Furness spoke about why she believes that every child deserves a loving family.

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