Senator Seselja welcomes Senate support for Adoption Reform

A motion on the importance of adoption reform in Australia, initiated by Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and subsequently co-signed by 22 other Senators, has been endorsed by the Australian Senate today.

Senator Seselja said this is a real encouragement to the thousands of Australian families who are ready and able to give vulnerable children a safe, secure and stable family home.

“This week marks National Adoption Awareness Week which is designed to raise awareness of adoption and provide education on the needs of children and families,” Senator Seselja said.

“Since earlier this year Senator Lindgren and I have been working to highlight the serious need for Adoption reform in Australia and I’m pleased to see so much support coming from my colleagues.

“Children need stability and adoption reform is essential to reaching this goal.

“According to Adopt Change’s research report released in August, in 2013-14 there were over 50,000 children in out of home care and only 203 Australian adoptions in the same year. On average those at-risk children in out of home care experience up to six different placements during their time in the system.  

“These statistics simply are not good enough and I know Australia can do better,” Senator Seselja said.

CEO of Adopt Change, Jane Hunt said, “Adopt Change believes every child deserves to grow up in a permanent, loving family and supports adoption as one way in which permanent, modern families can be formed. We welcome this motion and are encouraged by the support of Senator Seselja and his colleagues in calling on the Federal Government for adoption reform so that more vulnerable children are placed in permanent, loving homes."

“I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the Coalition Government takes the lead on this issue and brings the states and territories together to make adoption a more viable option for at-risk children,” Senator Seselja concluded.