Category: Australia

Your child is missing. Would you want their adoption to be easier?

Source: Original wesite contains LINKS OPINION By Patricia Fronek Posted 26 May 2015, 3:40am A child lies sleeping PHOTO: We should be wary of timeframes on inter-country adoption. (Parth Sanyal : REUTERS) Support for inter-country adoption appears to have taken on a religious fervour. But in a world where families are targeted by recruiters and… Read more »

Surrogacy laws may be a bridge too far for Australia

Source: April 20, 2015 Bernadette Tobin Attorney-General George Brandis is considering a recommendation from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs that there be an inquiry into the regulatory and legislative aspects of surrogacy. Infertility is the cause of a lot of pain for many Australian couples. You would have… Read more »

Australia: Inter-country adoption levels fall to lowest on record

Source: Inter-country adoption levels fall to lowest on record; advocates call on Government to open new country agreements Updated 21 April 2015 By Matthew Davis With international adoption levels at an all-time low, actor Deborra-Lee Furness renews calls for a relaxation of the rules governing Australian couples adopting children from overseas. Deborra-Lee Furness says adoption… Read more »

Child trafficking opponents criticise Federal Government’s decision to lift series of overseas adoption bans

Source: By South East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley, ABCJanuary 28, 2015, 12:30 pm Opponents of child trafficking have criticised the Federal Government’s decision to lift a series of bans on foreign adoptions, saying Australians should stay out of overseas arrangements. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced new adoption arrangements with at least three countries and… Read more »

Adoption breakthrough for families seeking to adopt overseas children

Source: EXCLUSIVE Samantha Maiden National Political Editor The Sunday Telegraph April 26, 2014 10:00PM PRIME Minister Tony Abbott will slash adoption red tape in Australia, take full control of overseas adoption from the states and opening discussions with Vietnam, Kenya, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, the US and Cambodia. After joining forces with actor Deborra-Lee Furness and… Read more »

Families to be given $3000 cash hand-out to adopt foster child

Source: LINDA SILMALIS THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH APRIL 12, 2014 10:00PM To get going, simply connect with your favourite social network: Facebook FAMILIES who adopt a foster child will receive a $3000 cash handout under a state government plan to help find stable homes for thousands of neglected children. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the government… Read more »

Call for adoption targets and fewer family support services in Australia

Source: Thinktank says authorities need to take more frequent legal action to have abused and neglected children adopted, Tuesday 15 April 2014 15.00 BST The report says large numbers of children have been ‘severely damaged, disturbed and distressed’ by family preservation practices. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP The Centre for Independent Studies has called for targets… Read more »

No forced adoption for Aboriginal children

Source: MARCH 20, 2014 3:56PM VULNERABLE Aboriginal children would be placed in “kinship-care” rather than put up for adoption under tough new reforms of the state’s child protection regime. The new laws, which are set to be debated in state parliament on Thursday, would see NSW become the first jurisdiction in Australia where child protection… Read more »

Foreign adoption barriers unlocked

Source: PATRICIA KARVELAS THE AUSTRALIAN MARCH 04, 2014 12:00AM FULL adoptions from Taiwan, South Korea and Ethiopia will be recognised automatically in Australia, under changes that Tony Abbott will announce today. Amendments to the Family Law (Bilateral Arrangements — Intercountry Adoption) Regulations will lift restrictions and make it easier for Australians to adopt from these… Read more »