Senator Seselja reaffirms support for adoption reform

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has again confirmed his support for adoption reform across all state and territory governments.

An article in today’s The Australian has revealed almost 50,000 children and young people are currently in foster care and a record number of 152,000 children received child protection services of the course of the year.

"Last year’s Adoptions Australia report showed that we had the lowest number of adoptions on record, with only 209 finalised Australian adoptions," Senator Seselja said today. 

"The comparison between just 209 Australian adoptions and 50,000 children and young people in foster care is shocking and yet again confirms the need for reform in this area.

"Last year the Federal Parliament overwhelming supported a call for adoption reform and the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter has been working with state and territory governments with the aim of making adoption more available.

"Since the NSW Parliament passed the Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 the adoption process in NSW for children and young people is now much simpler and quicker. In other states it can be a very stressful and lengthy process, sometimes taking many years.

"If we were to streamline the process across the nation, families could adopt these vulnerable children so they can finally be in a stable environment and truly feel like part of a family.

"It is now more important than ever before that all levels of government work together to make adoption a more viable pathway for children in need," Senator Seselja concluded.