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    Hi Everyone!


    DH and I are talking adoption and have no idea what our chances are, or what the options are...


    I've been told I'm medically unfit for pregnancy again (I have 2 children) and yearning for a 3rd.


    Would anyone be willing to share their experiences and (sheesh I feel rude posting this!!) the $ figures involved? I'd be forever grateful! xx

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but adoption in Qld (as with most of Australia is almost non existent ..

    We explored this as an option about 12 months ago and the things we learnt were as follows:

    Wait lists for adoption average 8 years.

    You pay an initial fee for submitting an application. The amount differs for local v overseas. From memory local was about $600 and overseas was approx $4200 just to submit the initial application. (This is non refundable )

    There is also then a fee for home study and other costs along the way. This doesn't include the other criteria set by some countries - some of which do an asset style test.

    If you do overseas adoption you then have certain costs involved with being in the country if you are lucky enough to get to adopt. Some require that you reside/stay in the country for up to 6-8 weeks during transition. There is also a multitude of other requirements/criteria that also needs to be met.

    The other limiting factor is that you have to decide on which country you adopt from as you application is only valid for one country. If you change your mind or they cancel all further adoptions for a particular country your application becomes void, you lose your $$ and have to start the whole process again..

    Then there are age restrictions for some countries too..

    All the info can be seen on the dept of communities website:
    http://www.qld.gov.au/community/cari...hild-overseas/

    Needless to say we decided that it wasn't an option for us. (That's not to say it may not be for you though)

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    This topic makes me so angry - we looked into adoption also as an option just incase IVF didn't work for us and it's such a difficult and expensive process!!

    Considering how many children are out there that need homes it just makes me angry thinking that there are good families out there wanting them. Bureaucracy at its absolute worst! Of course there should be strict guidelines and checks in place to ensure suitable environments for the kids, but all the money exchange and limited availability of kids is ridiculous. I find it hard to believe that so few children need adoption here in Australia.

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    Sorry I thought I should clarify it doesn't make me angry at you OP! Just at the adoption system 😊

    And I totally wish you luck and all the best if your family does decide to take the adoption journey.

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    Hi my partner and I adopted a child through the Queensland local program. It is possible and whilst I understand the frustrations that people feel. It absolutely is possible. The process was thorough - as it should be. We didn't wait exceptionally long and the cost was around $500 which isn't paid unless you are selected for assessment. I would recommend attending one of the seminars that Adoption Services conduct. You can normally find this on the Department's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Dreadful View Post
    Hi my partner and I adopted a child through the Queensland local program. It is possible and whilst I understand the frustrations that people feel. It absolutely is possible. The process was thorough - as it should be. We didn't wait exceptionally long and the cost was around $500 which isn't paid unless you are selected for assessment. I would recommend attending one of the seminars that Adoption Services conduct. You can normally find this on the Department's website.
    Penny - I would be curious to know was your adoption process part of the waitlist or a 'kin' adoption?
    Also what you mean by not waiting exceptionally long?
    While I'm happy you had a positive experience and I agree strict measures should be in place, your experience seems vastly different from the norm..

    I also only ask because we too went to a seminar and spoke at length with people from the department and your experience certainly doesn't match the information we were given, nor does it match those of people I know who have had their home assessment, been approved but have still been 'on the list' for over 5 years..

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    It was not a "kin" adoption and I am sorry if this sounds rude, but I have found your response to our experience a bit aggressive.

    I am not going into our timeframe a) because everyone who goes through the process is different. b) we have been through the whole process and I have commented on our experience. As i said it was not exceptionally long. The children who are available are matched with the families who are on the register. I can't and would not comment on the experience of the people that you know. But I can comment on my own personal experience.

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    Thanks guys for your responses

    Despite the evident friction that my post has caused (sorry!!) I've learnt more from your personal experiences than reading online.

    Sounds like a seminar is the way to go if we decide the time is right.
    Best of luck with all of your future endeavours!


 

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