Adopt with Barnardos

Open adoption gives children in foster care a new beginning. You can provide them with safety and stability for life.

Start your parenting journey with us

Barnardos are currently looking for people to welcome children aged 5-12 into their home and also siblings who desperately need a family to care for them as we believe that siblings should be kept together where possible.

We welcome people of all backgrounds and cultures. You may be single, a couple or members of the LGBTIQ community – it doesn’t matter, as long as you are ready to accept a child into your family.

Barnardos acknowledges that adoption is culturally inappropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Open adoption gave three young siblings in
foster care a family for life.

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Frazier, Preston and Anabella's adoption story

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To help you better understand what’s involved in open adoption and fostering, Barnardos holds free information events. Come along to a event near you, it’s an informal and friendly way to find out more – we’d love to meet you!

Events cover the following topics:

What is foster care?


What is open adoption?

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Steps involved

Roles and responsibilities

Support and training

Hear what it's like from
other families

*We advise that you seek alternate care arrangements for your children if attending an information event in person due to the nature of the event and information covered. We apologise for any inconvenience caused however we also hold on-line events in the event you cannot attend a local one.

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Meet Matt and Bernie

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Meet Sharon and Chris

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Meet Ronnie and Paul

Open adoption FAQs

For a child whom the court has ruled cannot safely return home, open adoption provides security and belonging for life. The child becomes a legal member of the adoptive family through a formal court process, whilst still maintaining contact with their birth family, which helps them to form a healthy sense of identity.

Open adoption gives a child who cannot live with their birth family the opportunity for a secure future and a family for life. Having “openness” around their adoption means children know who they are and where they come from through birth family connection. This openness, knowledge and understanding helps adopted children to form a healthy sense of identity and belonging, which is essential for their emotional, intellectual and physical development. Open adoption also means the child is no longer part of the foster care system.

The frequency of contact is decided by the court and depends on the age of the child and their relationship with their birth family. Contact usually includes face-to-face visits, letters, telephone and video calls, emails, photos and cards.

No. There are no legal expenses, assessment expenses or administration costs for carers wanting to adopt. Our in-house legal team manages the process from start to finish.

Depending on your financial situation, ongoing carer allowance and financial support may be available subject to government policy.

No, every child’s family circumstances are different and so not all children in foster care are suitable for adoption. We also acknowledge that adoption is culturally inappropriate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Yes. We currently have children aged 5-12 and groups of two or more siblings in temporary care arrangements who desperately want and need a forever family.

We accept applications from carers in the Sydney metropolitan area, Illawarra and Shoalhaven, and Hunter and Central Coast areas.

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