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