Who Are We
|Adoption has been practised in almost every country and culture throughout history and remains an emotive and complex issue. We acknowledge that Australia, like many other nations, has a shameful history in relation to many past adoption practices – especially the forced removal of children from their parents and families. We recognise the incredible trauma and pain this has caused to so many in our community and the ripple effects of those distressing and most regrettable practises.|
National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW) is a community of people touched by adoption in some way, and want to recognise that whilst adoption is ultimately never the first option, it is a legitimate part of the solution to provide loving and permanent families for children when other avenues have been exhausted.
Through our work NAAW wants to help encourage a more supportive, positive, and inclusive adoption environment within the Australian community, and also see transparency and best practise policies and procedures that honour the rights of the child when adoption is appropriate. Adoption is just one of the areas that NAAW believes needs the urgent attention of our policy makers when it comes to the needs of vulnerable children, both here at home and internationally.
|To raise community awareness, encourage reform, and empower all Australians to engage with issues affecting adoption.|
|National Adoption Awareness Week believes every child has a right to a family, and we embrace adoption as a positive and important way of forming a permanent family.|