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.
The 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.
To access the report visit: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/publications/docs/idc_report_intercountry_adoption.pdf
To find out more about the new intercountry adoption programme visit: http://www.ag.gov.au/ intercountryadoption