Privatising adoption: easier for parents, riskier for kids

(Article by Patricia Fronek originally published on the 12th November 2013 in The Conversation)

Problems arise when adoption becomes the goal to be achieved at all costs. Image from shutterstock.com

Problems arise when adoption becomes the goal to be achieved at all costs. Image from shutterstock.com

Adopting a child can be a difficult and time-consuming process, with few opportunities for local adoptions. The number of adoptions in Australia has declined steadily since the 1970s, with just 45 local adoptions taking place in 2010-11. In the same period there were 215 adoptions from abroad, known as inter-country adoptions.

As a result, adoption lobbyists are turning their attention to children in new countries and in foster care, proposing private systems to make this happen.

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