Today’s announcement by the New South Wales Government of legislation to ensure no child spends years bouncing between new families in the out of home care system was welcomed today by Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja, Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Adoption group.

“New South Wales have made a decision to prioritise children and their wellbeing above everything else, and these new laws will provide more certainty for children in the out-of-home care system,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

Assistant Minister Seselja has called on the remaining State and Territory governments to take urgent action.

“With more than 30,000 children in out-of-home care for longer than two years, it is well past time for the ACT and State Governments take action.”

“Premier Berejiklian has recognised all children have the right to know they have a safe and caring home for life, and has taken action to make this a reality. It is time the Premier’s counterparts across the country make the decision to put kids first.”

“We know that a sense of family security and stability mean a child is less likely to experience mental health and wellbeing issues, become homeless, or interact with the youth justice system, and that they are more likely to get a good education and secure employment.”

“New South Wales is leading the way on adoption by leaps and bounds in Australia, finalising 177 of the 315 adoptions nationally in 2016-17.”

“I have been fighting for adoption reform since entering the Senate in 2013. In that time we have seen adoption numbers increasing, and the States agreed to more transparent reporting on how many kids are in long term out-of-home care.”

“However there is still much more to do in this space. I am encouraged to see New South Wales paving the way for a better life for these kids, and look forward to the remaining States following their lead,” Assistant Minster Seselja concluded.