Changes to intercountry adoption must put children’s needs first

(Article by Patricia Fronek originally published on the 22nd May 2014 in The Conversation)

In a reminder of the risk of adoption rackets, these Nepalese orphans were rescued from a home that was profiting from supplying them for domestic work and overseas adoption. EPA/Narendra Shrestha

In a reminder of the risk of adoption rackets, these Nepalese orphans were rescued from a home that was profiting from supplying them for domestic work and overseas adoption. EPA/Narendra Shrestha

Prime minister Tony Abbott has released the Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Intercountry Adoption and announced changes to “enable more people to find families”, not meet children’s needs. This wordplay is more important than it might seem.

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