The Adoption Unit finds suitable and permanent homes for children who have lost their parents through death or desertion and the children who were born out of wedlock and whose parents are unable to maintain them. For children with special needs, suitable local adoptive homes are difficult to find; and some of them were adopted by overseas families. The Adoption Unit also assists in adoption through private arrangement, mostly by step-parents or relatives.
||Application Procedures on Local Adoption
Information on people who are likely to be successful in adoption application and the application process is available in the leaflet 'Considering Adoption'. Interested persons can approach the Adoption Unit for further information and services.
Room 201, 2/F., North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
||3595 0025 |
Monday to Friday
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday
||Fees and Charges
Assessment on the suitability of adoption applicants is provided by the Adoption Unit free of charge. A fee of $3,970 is charged to the successful applicants for acting as guardian ad litem for the prospective adoptive child in adoption proceedings.
With the operation of the Adoption(Amendment) Ordinance on 25 January 2006, the Director of Social Welfare is appointed as the Central Authority(CA) in
Hong Kong while an accreditation system is put in place to allow NGOs duly accredited to perform duties delegated by the CA. For details about the accreditation system and list of NGOs in respective of adoption, please click the link below:
As at end of June 2017, the key statistics on adoption service are as follow:
Number of adoption applications being handled:
| Adoption by local homes
| Adoption by overseas families
| Privately arranged adoption by relatives, etc.
Children available for adoption as at : 30.6.2017
| Characteristics of Children
| Normal and healthy
| Of relatively complicated family background
(e.g. abandoned children, birth parent was drug dependent, etc.)
| Children aged 3 or above
| With health issues