Australian Parliament Supports Adoption Reform

Less than a month after the Senate showed its support for Adoption Reform, a motion has today been endorsed by the House of Representatives also supporting necessary change. The Motion moved today by Scott Buchholz MP, Federal Member for Wright, called on the government to work with the Council of Australian Governments to dramatically increase the rate of local adoptions.

 Senator Seselja said this sends a strong sign to our state and territory leaders that adoption reform is imperative.

"There are thousands of Australian families who are ready and able to give vulnerable children a safe, secure and stable family home and we should be doing everything we can to facilitate this" Senator Seselja said.

"Since earlier this year I have been working with my colleagues to highlight the serious need for Adoption reform in Australia and I’m pleased to see so much support come from the parliament.

"Adoption in Australia is the lowest in the developed world, with only 317 children adopted in 2013-14. The statistics show that children who experience abuse and neglect in the home or instability in out of home care are much more likely to experience poor life outcomes and we have a responsibility to not let this happen. " Mr Buchholz said.

"Adoption reform, especially in the area of local adoption is vital, and I am encouraged to see that the entire parliament has now backed this call."

CEO of Adopt Change, Jane Hunt said, "We welcome this step forward today and are encouraged by the support that we have now received from the entire parliament. The call for ethical adoption reform in this area is gathering momentum and we are grateful that we are getting closer to improving the lives of at risk, vulnerable children."

"I will continue to do everything I can to work with my colleagues to ensure the Coalition Government brings the states and territories together on this issue and action is taken as a matter of priority" Senator Seselja concluded.


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