Sunday Style beauty editor Cleo Glyde met Jules and India during National Adoption Awareness Week 2013. She was moved by their story, and saw that there was more to be shared by and about these inspiring women and the problems within Australian adoption system.
We are pleased that some of these issues discussed here are being worked on by Federal and State Governments since November last year, but we know there is still so much more to be done.
From the Office of the Prime Minister
5th May, 2014
REFORM AND ACTION ON INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION
The Commonwealth Government is committed to adoption reform to enable more people to find families.
A new report has identified significant barriers facing Australian families wanting to adopt from overseas. Inconsistent rules, costs and the lengthy wait to adopt currently deter many people from even starting the adoption process.
Last Friday, COAG agreed to a national system for intercountry adoption. The Commonwealth will work vigorously with the States and Territories to have a new system operating by early 2015.
The report into intercountry adoption also recommended establishing new country programmes to help more Australian families to adopt. A new intercountry adoption programme between Australia and South Africa is now in place.
South Africa has a strong commitment to finding families within its borders to care for children in need. Where, for whatever reason, a South African family cannot be found, Australian families will be able to help provide permanent loving homes to South African children. Many of these children will have health needs, and would benefit from the caring environment that Australian families can provide.
The Government will introduce amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that obtaining Australian citizenship can happen in a child’s country of origin. As well, we will fix the problems associated with the visa system. It is too complicated at the moment and processing times are too long.
For too long children who legitimately need a safe and loving home and Australians who dream of providing this home have been hindered by red tape and confusion. The Government is pleased to be able to undertake real action to bring families together.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced immediate changes to the processing for children adopted from Ethiopia, Taiwan and South Korea to allow the Australian system to recognise these adoptions in a more efficient time frame.
Deborra-lee Furness:“I congratulate the Prime Minister on this announcement today, and I am particularly happy for the many families who will be directly affected by this immediate action. We have been calling for change for a long time, and I am absolutely thrilled to see the Prime Minister’s office committing to real action.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with NAAW Board Members Catherine McDonnell, John O'Neill and Helen McCabe with Attorney-General George Brandis in the PM's sitting room. Photo Credit: Andrew Meares, SMH
Chair of NAAW Board, John O'Neill: “we welcome this important administrative change which will finalise the legal creation of families without many months of formal paperwork. I know from my own experience how lengthy the process has been, and I am certain that this reform will have an immensely positive affect on a number of Australian families, and more importantly, vulnerable children.”
National Adoption Awareness Week CSA
Our Focus in 2014
We are proud to announce we will be liaising with State and Commonwealth governments in relation to this initiative and expect to work with and inform the COAG process.
Adoption/ Foster care statistics
Around the World:
13 million children are without both parents
120 million kids have only one carer, who usually struggles to provide for that child.
*Sourced from UNICEF
39,621 children are in out of home care.
18,000 children are in foster care waiting for permanent care solutions.
70 children were adopted in 2012.
This represents 1 in 249 Australian children who are lucky enough to get through the current system.
* Sourced from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report – Adoptions 2011-2012
Last year there were 333 adoptions nationwide, this includes inter country and domestic adoptions.
This is an 84% drop from 1988 numbers - a dire state for children in need of permanent care solutions.
Aims of National Adoption Awareness Week
DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF ADOPTIONS
HALVE THE ADOPTION PROCESSING TIME
What Motivates Us
Every Child has a right to a family. We embrace adoption as a positive and important way of forming a permanent family.
Raise community awareness, encourage reform and empower all Australians to engage with issues affecting adoption.
Advocate for ethical, transparent adoption to enable vulnerable children to find a permanent family and a brighter future.