In South Australia, if you are considering adopting a child, you will have to apply through the Department for Child Protection.

The eligibility criteria, procedures and costs for adopting a child from overseas or locally are available from the following website:-

Step-parent adoption

Step parent adoptions are rare because you can obtain an order in the Family Court that is sufficient to provide legal security for stepchildren.

At AK Family Law we can give you advice on whether or not it is best for you and your step-child to go through the formal adoption process or seek orders through the Family Courts.