This may be a rather strange question but is it possible for me to adopt a step-child ( adoption Australia) that I've raised from birth? My husband and I separated for a few months and he got another woman pregnant. I can't have a child myself and she didn't want to raise a child but didn't want to abort, so she put my husband on the birth certificate and basically gave him the child to raise. She would be happy for me to adopt and she lives in another state so she never sees or has contact with the baby. But I've heard it's a hard process in Victoria to adopt even if it is a step-child you have raised from birth. Would it be easier to apply for guardianship or parenting order? I would prefer to adopt my husbands child if possible.