adoption; south; australia;
Children's understanding about adoption grows as they learn about families, relationships and how babies are made. Children cannot properly understand adoption until about age 6 when they understand that babies are created by two adults. But the ability to understand about how a child joined the family, eg from a different place begins at about 4 years of age.
Although adoption in Australia has dropped dramatically since the late 1960s, over 300 families adopt every year. These days far more adopted children come from overseas than locally.
The Raising Children Network has a lot of information about raising adopted children, and support services and government agencies within Australia. http://raisingchildren.net.au/
For information about adoption in South Australia
South Australian Department for Child Protection
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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