Are we now shifting responsibility for adopted children offshore?

(Article by Patricia Fronek originally published on the 4th July 2014 in The Conversation)

Tony Abbott has been very responsive to high-profile adoption campaigners but a deregulated, consumer-driven system increases the risks for children. AAP/Jane Dempster

Tony Abbott has been very responsive to high-profile adoption campaigners but a deregulated, consumer-driven system increases the risks for children. AAP/Jane Dempster

It’s not just refugees being sent overseas. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is prepared to hand over Australia’s obligations towards children to countries that are not party to the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship Act will make citizenship automatic for children adopted under bilateral arrangements with non-Hague countries.

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