Why is adoption so hard in Australia? It’s a great question, it seems like a simple question, and it is an important question. If you are interested in attending any of the community events lined up for adoption week have a look for something in your local area here. Deborra-Lee Furness televised a speach to the national press club this week, she implored:
“There are millions of orphans and abandoned and vulnerable children in the world, and so many families that want to take care of these kids. Why is it so hard to adopt in Australia?”
It is a shame that none of the politicians relevant to the question made it to the event. You can read about it here.
From what I have come to understand, the current adoption process and policy in Australia is based on psycho-social scholarship of which much of that policy draws from was based on research on the stolen generation and the impact of the unethical, and I am sure most would agree criminal manner of adoption and fostering of children of partial Aboriginal descent. This recent report seems to offer a good historical overview. Current Australian adoption policies clearly need to be revised.