Prime Minister Tony Abbott MP has announced immediate changes to how Ethiopian, Taiwanese, and South Korean children are adopted by Australians. These changes will allow the Australian system to recognise the adoptions quicker, and make the whole process more streamlined.
This is a big step forward from Abbott towards fulfilling the promises he made in December last year. These adoptions will be recognised automatically, rather than having to spend roughly 12 months caught up in court rooms and red tape, as was the norm in the past.
Founder of National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW), Deborra-lee Furness and the Board of Adoption Awareness Ltd are in full support of Abbott announcement, saying they “congratulate the Prime Minister… thrilled to see the Prime Minister’s office committing to real action.”
John O’Neill, Chair of the Adoption Awareness Ltd Board, welcomes this important administrative change, and is certain that this will have an enormously positive effect on many Australian families, and most importantly, the vulnerable children being adopted.
In the past 25 years, there has been a 77% decline in adoptions. In the last financial year, 339 children were adopted Australia wide – 129 from overseas and 210 locally, according to the Australia Institute for Health and Welfare.
Abbott himself said “for too long this issue has been out in the too-hard basket and has been a policy no-go zone. Within 12 months, things will be different and they will be better.”
We can only hope his prediction rings true, and more steps are taken to make adoption an easier process for everyone.
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