Talks to ease way to adoption
LISMORE MP Thomas George has called for the process of adoption to be simplified, as part of National Adoption Awareness Week, which ends today.
The campaign aims to promote reform of Australian adoption laws and practices, to facilitate a pro-adoption community.
Mr George welcomed the NSW Government’s “open and honest” discussion about out-of-home-care adoptions, at the Ministerial Open Adoption Forum held in the lead-up to this week.
“It was the right time to start a dialogue around adoption and ask children and young people what they think about the process and how we can improve it.
“We have been working hard to improve adoptions from out-of-home-care through reforms like Safe Home for Life and by implementing infrastructure through the Institute of Open Adoption.
“Despite the progress that we’ve made in recent years, it’s clear that the process of adoption could be streamlined so that prospective parents and children are not waiting too long for adoption orders to be finalised,” he said.
Mr George said the NAAW campaign was invaluable to raise awareness of a topic often considered to be less important than the question of child protection.
Tweed anti-abortion campaigners said they would like to see open adoption discussed through counsellors at clinics at the time a woman seeks out termination.