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    Hi there Remaininghopeful,
    Adoption is currently approved for couples only... but permanent care will accept applicants from singles & would be well worth your while looking in to this.. perhaps consider applying for an info & training session even...

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    & hello Staaz... not long til your training now then really...!
    My take is that the process length can vary so much for each application & area... there's so many variables!
    We made our very first phone enquiry the end of March 2016, & are looking at being approved this coming June for both Adoption & Permanent Care (fingers crossed) which I'm lead to believe by others experiences, is getting through on the quick side.

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    Hi Remaininghopeful,

    The agencies i contacted said no, you must be married. And also you couldnt at the time be in a same sex relationship ( which is wrong) and I believe thats changed now. But I didn't contact them all. I got frustrated with the process and did IVF instead.

    And of the agencies I did contact you had to have a letter from the clinic to state that you have finished your IVF journey and would no longer be doing IVF whilst trying to adopt. Which I think is so wrong! Hopefully this has changed.

    Mysticfalls.

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    Hello everyone,

    I have just spent the afternoon reading through this entire thread. I was very excited when I saw that it was still going, despite starting over half a decade ago!

    I am not yet in the process of adopting, but plan to in the future. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and my medications mean that I can't have children biologically. I could come off the medications, and try it, but I also have reproductive issues, and coming off the medications would cause the rheumatoid arthritis to start causing harm to my body again. I don't want to risk that in my future. So I'm looking ahead for my partner and I.

    I have a couple of questions that I would like to ask. I mainly want to know what kind of medical reports are required for health issues?

    Firstly for mental health issues, as between 18 and 23, I was severely mentally ill with multiple suicide attempts. Medications and therapy helped me immensely, and I am now free of there is mental illnesses, and no longer needing medications. Will this affect my chances of adopting? It was very severe, but it is in the past. By the time I adopt, if successful, it would be almost a decade in the past.

    Secondly, for physical issues. I have a range of chronic illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and a circadian rhythm disorder. I also have an undiagnosed muscle condition, but hope to see a neuromuscular clinic in Melbourne soon. However, as a child this was ruled as not progressive, and only really affect my ability to bend over. I am currently and works with specialist, and have good control over the circadian rhythm disorder, getting control over the circadian rhythm disorder, and only just starting treatment for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. However when I apply for the adoption information sessions, I am hopeful that they will be under control too. I wouldn't actually apply unless they are under control.

    My main concern is whether this will affect my ability to adopt? I will be applying for the Disability Support Pension soon, and worry that they might see that as a sign as I'm not capable of parenting. What kind of documents will I need to prove that I can take care of kid? Anyone have experience with this? Especially people on the Disability Support Pension?

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    Default Welcome Exie

    Hi,
    With your questions around health, I think what they're mainly looking for, is if you have any issues that would effect your ability to be a parent. I.e. Being blind would probably be a problem. So I think if you've already got most of your health concerns under control you might be fine.
    Generally they'll want information from any of your doctors and specialists. Then they have their own doctors assess whether this will impact your ability to be a parent.
    My husband had cancer but had it removed and then chemo - they were fine with that.

    Good luck

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    Thank you both. By the time my partner and I are ready for a child, I'll be at a fairly functional level. The DSP would offer my partner and I financial security, but I do get why it may hinder me. I hope someone with experience of being on the DSP can let me know if they were accepted or denied. It will be very disappointing if I can't because I have a disability.

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    @Exie I don't want make this any harder for you but I attended an adoption information session last week and the criteria they look at is fairly stringent. You need to do a full medical with a doctor who can advise on atleast the last 5 years. They also look into your finances to ensure that you are able to financially provide for the child. Even those with a high BMI can be denied or put on weight management plan. There are far more applicants than there are infants and so they have the luxury of being quite particular in what they require. I would suggest contacting your local agency (which you can find on the DHS website) and ask them about your questions. When I called to register interest in the info session the lady from the agency spent about half an hour talking about the process etc. Also, you may like to consider permanent care which is less competitive and the criteria to be eligible is a lot less stringent. Even at the adoption info session they were encouraging us all to look into permanent care instead. There were 35 couples just at the adoption info session! Only 11 infants placed for adoption last year. Far more children are placed in permanent care. The main difference is that adoption is a voluntary relinquishment and permanent care children are usually forcibly removed through child protection and as such are older. I've been to info sessions for both now so happy to try and help if you have any other questions. Good luck

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    Hi Remaininghopful,
    Barnardo's Find a Family Program treats single applicants the same as all other applicants. I'm in NSW so I'm not sure if VIC is different? What I have been told so far is that as long as I can meet the needs of the child then I will be considered in the same fashion as any other applicant. She did mention obviously that finances and time etc can be more difficult as a single applicant but as long as you can meet those requirements you'll be fine!
    I'm early in the process at the moment but feeling so excited and hopeful! Good luck!!

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    Hi everyone!

    We have been reading this forum with great excitement and a little bit of anxiety!! My partner and I have registered for the information session and have finally received a date - the 24th April! We expressed interest in mid-February and received the email yesterday!!

    It is so heartening to read so many people coming together to support each other in one of the most difficult circumstances of becoming a parent. I am so proud of you all for staying strong, hopeful and filled with love.

    My partner and I are in our late 20s and are considering adoption as our first option of starting a family. From my personal opinion, I want to be able to adopt and give a child a loving, stable and unconditional home because there are so many kids out there who unfortunately don't have that option and are left in the lurch... I came from a pretty average childhood and there were times that I wished I were adopted, but unfortunately it never eventuated; I want to be that parent who can provide our child love, security and a home.

    Could we have children of our own? Maybe, maybe not. I have PCOS which may be a hindrance, and in all truthfulness, we're on the same page about having a strong, burning want to adopt. We certainly don't want to go down the IVF path either. We want to be parents, and we want to be awesome ones at that... at the end of the day it's not really a priority that it occurs as a part of natural conception.

    We are incredibly excited to be attending the information session, and hopefully getting a clearer picture of what the application process entails and how to proceed afterwards! So much to look forward to

    I also look forward to hearing more success stories and exciting news of people becoming parents - it makes my heart sing just to hear how happy and blessed each of you are

    Love,
    Munchkin19


 

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