National Co-ordinator:
Ricky Brisson
P.O. Box 7420
Bondi Beach 2026 NSW
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August 2014

International Intercountry Adoption Statistics  
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Updated year 2013 statistics for Finland. InterCountry Adoption Statistics is updated and statistics are available for:


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Australian couple leaves Down syndrome baby with Thai surrogate
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au

/showurl.php?url=3146 Gammy, a six-month-old baby abandoned by his Australian parents, could die because his impoverished Thai surrogate mother cannot pay for medical treatment for his congenital heart condition. The child will never know his twin sister, who was born healthy with him in a Bangkok hospital and has been taken away by their parents, who are living anonymously in Australia. The story of how 21-year-old Pattharamon Janbua was cheated by a surrogacy agent in Bangkok and left to try to save the life of her critically unwell baby has emerged as Thai authorities move to crack down on IVF clinics, leaving hundreds of Australian couples facing uncertainty about their surrogacy children.
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Media: Australia, Thailand


July 2014

International Adoption Day 2014

/showurl.php?url=2759 Experience what international adoption means to Queensland families. Come and celebrate the joy of that our families bring. The Ethiopian children will be performing in the Tin-nish Ethiopian Dance Group around 10am. The parade of nations including the Ethiopian families (yes mums and dads are welcome) will on around 10:30am. There will be stalls, rides & food stalls as well as lots of soccer for those busy boys. Please wear your Ethiopian costumes and contact me if you don't have a costume for your child as Im travelling to Ethiopian and I'm happy to buy costumes.

Date: Sunday 27th July
Time: 9:30am
Place: Citipoint Christian College, 322 Wecker Rd, Carindale QLD

Calendar: Queensland


Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 4. Past adoption practices: Key messages for service delivery responses and current policies
www.aifs.gov.au www.aifs.gov.au
This chapter draws from the findings of the report Past Adoption Experiences: The National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices, released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in August 2012 (Kenny, Higgins, Soloff, & Sweid , 2012). Here we examine the nature of identity and connection through the lens of the study participants' lived experiences of past adoptions, and the subsequent effects on the formation of "self" within these constructs, including barriers and enablers. We then explore the influence of these experiences on the participants' views about family formation and composition as they relate to the current climate of adoption, donor conception and surrogacy, as well as permanent care arrangements in the child protection system.

This chapter provides an opportunity to reflect the voices of those who took part in the research, particularly of those who were adopted as children, and what they saw as being integral to current policy discussions in these domains, as they view themselves as the living results of a past "social experiment".
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Political Arena: Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia


Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 3. Ancestry, identity and meaning: The importance of biological ties in contemporary society
www.aifs.gov.au www.aifs.gov.au
Biological ties are important to people; there is no doubting that. But exactly why they are important is increasingly relevant at a time when so much about the family exists in flux - the shapes of families are shifting, as are the technologies used to assist in creating them. Beneath many of the current debates over family structure or assisted reproductive technologies (e.g., those concerned with adoption, surrogacy, donor insemination, and gay- and lesbian-parented families) lay some fundamental moral questions. Is it important to know one's biological parents? Are biological parent-child relationships different, in any important moral sense, to non-biological parent-child relationships? What value should be attributed to biological ties?
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Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 2. Trends in family transitions, forms and functioning: Essential issues for policy development and legislation
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This chapter focuses on various ways in which family formation pathways and the characteristics and functioning of families have changed over the decades. The picture is largely one of increasing diversity, with important implications for policies and legislation designed to protect the wellbeing of all families - the bedrock of society.
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Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 1. Weaving a common narrative: An introduction to essays on families, policy and the law in Australia
www.aifs.gov.au www.aifs.gov.au
There are few areas of policy that carry greater complexity than those that focus on families. The dynamics of family formation are, and have always been, intricately connected with the evolving conditions of societies and the constraints and values they embrace at any given era. Some things, however, are perennial. The functions families fulfil have remained essentially unchanged despite the shifts in the circumstances and challenges that families confront. Not surprisingly, the ways in which policy-makers seek to address the needs of families also evolve and, in turn, influence the changing social context.
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Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 6. Current open adoptions: Mothers' perspectives
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This chapter summarises a qualitative study that investigated mothers' experiences of mandated contact in adoption, which was introduced in the state of Victoria in 1984.1 Mandated contact was conceived with the aim of being in the best interests of the child. The study explored the relationship between the right to have contact and the experience of contact itself for the mother. Specifically, the chapter describes the contact arrangements, the contact event, the mother's mental health, information exchange vs face-to-face contact, and the role of the adoptive parents and the County Court of Victoria.
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Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia - 5. The forced adoption apology: Righting wrongs of a dark past
www.aifs.gov.au www.aifs.gov.au
In normal discourse between people, if one person wrongs another it is appropriate to offer an apology. Likewise, when a nation wrongs some or all of its people or those of another nation, it is appropriate to offer an apology. Australia has offered three apologies to its people in recent times. The first of those was to its Indigenous people, the Stolen Generations, for the wrongful removal of approximately 100,000 Indigenous children from their parents over many decades until the 1960s. The second apology was to the Forgotten Australians - approximately 500,000 children, including migrants, who grew up in institutionalised care.

The most recent offer of a national apology was to people affected by forced adoption. This essay outlines the process leading to the apology, elements of drafting of the document itself and issues that needed to be considered. The essential aspect of any public apology - the concrete measures - are examined and some ongoing questions are addressed. Finally, the question is asked: Where to from here?
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Napthine open to allowing gay adoption
www.theage.com.au www.theage.com.au
Premier Denis Napthine says he is not opposed to same-sex couples adopting children in Victoria, but is waiting for some ''proper science'' before the government decides whether to change the law.

Days after state Labor endorsed a policy platform in favour of legalising gay adoption in Victoria, Dr Napthine was not philosophically opposed to the idea, saying ''the modern family today is quite different to the nuclear family of the 1950s''. In a move welcomed by human rights groups, the government will examine the matter in coming months, with research being undertaken by Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown and a parliamentary intern.
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Media: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, Victoria


June 2014

Holt International's price for children - Adoption industry is the fault of the State that sits on the fence
www.hani.co.kr www.hani.co.kr

/showurl.php?url=3136 Her siblings hated Leanne. She had small eyes and black hair. Leanne was the only person of Asian descent that lived in her small neighborhood located in the city of Detroit, Michigan. Her three siblings bullied her and her adoptive parents abused her. It was a different story though when Leanne was first received into the arms of her adoptive parents in December of 1966. They voluntarily adopted Leanne. They must have once had sympathy for a baby coming from a poor country.
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Blogs: Korea, South


Australian Therapists
www.neurotherapy.com.au www.neurotherapy.com.au
Special Needs Adoption: Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback/Biofeedback


Neuro Reorg at Home
www.a4everfamily.org www.a4everfamily.org
Since my introduction to neuro reorganization, I’ve always wondered why someone doesn’t make the information/exercises more readily available to the general public. The specific information our neurodevelopmentalist provided after assessing our child was invaluable; she looked at his individual movements and prescribed exactly what he needed to improve his neurological function, always with his early losses in mind. Unfortunately, at A4everFamily we often hear from people for whom hiring a private neurodevelopmentalist is virtually impossible due to finances or locale. For these families, we have searched for more accessible information.

Barbara Pheloung, a special education teacher in Australia, has spent the last 30 years studying the work of Doman, Delcato, and other founders of neuro reorganization. She has applied this knowledge to help learning disabled students, many of whom demonstrate neurological immaturities as well as issues with sensory integration, dominance, laterality, attention, food sensitivities and more…a list of issues that also seem to affect children who are adopted at a higher rate than other children.
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Special Needs Adoption: Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback/Biofeedback


DVD Review: Neurodevelopment Through Movements
www.a4everfamily.org www.a4everfamily.org
Suzanne Day, a Canadian Neuropsychologist, has produced a DVD demonstrating sequencial movements designed to activate “brain pathways for learning and attention span.” Day’s program, “Neurodevelopment Through Movements,” based on the work of Dr. Temple Fay, neurologist, comes from the idea that neuroplasticity allows people to improve brain function, even wiring areas that may have problems due to interruptions in development…which can be caused by any number of things, including deficits or stressors in the early environment. In her DVD she describes the role of each part of the brain and explains how issues in various areas may relate to certain behaviors. She goes on to outline how normal development happens and suggests intervention that can help children who’ve undergone neurodevelopmental interruption. Day presents a step-by-step program designed for children to do at home each day in an effort to improve neurological function, giving the brain a “second chance” from the brain stem to the cortex. A child (adopted from China, incidentally) demonstrates all the moves on the video. Following this 6-minute demonstration of the entire program, Day explains in detail how to do each movement. A fellow adoptive parent tells me that the program takes about 17 minutes a day with her son.
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Special Needs Adoption: Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback/Biofeedback


What is Neurofeedback or Neurotherapy?
bio-medical.com bio-medical.com
Neurotherapy is also called ‘EEG Biofeedback’ and ‘Neurofeedback.’ It involves helping a person learn how to modify his or her brainwave activity to improve attention, reduce impulsivity, and to control hyperactive behaviors.

Neurofeedback or Neurotherapy is a painless, non-invasive treatment approach that allows the individual to gain information about his or her brainwave activity and use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. Available research indicates that individuals with ADD/ADHD have too little of certain types of brainwave activity in some areas of the brain and/or too much of certain other brainwave activity in comparison to those without the disorder. In Neurotherapy individuals are trained through the use of computerized biofeedback equipment to change their brainwave activity.
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Special Needs Adoption: Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback/Biofeedback


23 and me
www.23andme.com www.23andme.com
Find out what your DNA says about you
and your family.
*) Learn what percent of your DNA is from populations around the world
*) Contact your DNA relatives across continents or across the street
*) Build your family tree and enhance your experience with relatives
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Special Needs Adoption: Genetic Testing


Genetrack Biolab: Based in Canada
www.genetrackaustralia.com www.genetrackaustralia.com
Genetrack aims to:
*) Provide the highest quality DNA testing services worldwide to our clients in the Australia and internationally.
*) Use the latest and most reliable equipment and methods to process and analyze DNA for our clients.
*) Incorporate the latest technologies in the medical and scientific fields for the benefit of our clients.

The ongoing developments in biotechnology, and specifically in molecular biology allow applications of DNA testing to expand rapidly to encompass many investigative tests to resolve family issues that concern much of our population. Such tests include paternity testing, maternity testing, sibship testing, grandparentage testing, aunt/uncle testing, twin testing, prenatal testing, forensic testing, genealogy testing, among others. As we move into this exciting new phase of molecular diagnostics, Genetrack feels that it is important for families to have the option to entrust their family’s important tests with a world class highly recognized laboratory as an investment in their future.
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Special Needs Adoption: Genetic Testing


RCPA: Catalogue of genetic tests & laboratories
genetictesting.rcpa.edu.au genetictesting.rcpa.edu.au
Here is a list of all the available genetic tests.
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Special Needs Adoption: Genetic Testing


Lifelong Issues in Adoption by Deborah N. Silverstein and Sharon Kaplan
www.adopting.org www.adopting.org
Adoption is a lifelong, intergenerational process which unites the triad of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families forever. Adoption, especially of adolescents, can lead to both great joy and tremendous pain. Recognizing the core issues in adoption is one intervention that can assist triad members and professionals working in adoption better to understand each other and the residual effects of the adoption experience.
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May 2014

One way to form a family
Author: Natalie Hoppe
www.amazon.com www.amazon.com

/showurl.php?url=3124 "This book describes the way a family can be formed through adoption. It is caring, honest and child friendly. Written by an adoptive mum with gorgeous photographs of families courtesy of Hannah Gough from Hannah Photography. Reading this book with your little one will give them a better understanding of how your family came together when they were adopted. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Sumapi, a charity created in response to the desperate plight of orphans and widows in the Philippines."
-- Amazon
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Books: Philippines


Decline in child adoption rate - report
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/showurl.php?url=3123 Johannesburg - There has been a steep decline in the number of adoptions in South Africa in the past nine years, a research report revealed on Tuesday. It found that only 1 699 adoptions took place in 2013, from 2 840 in 2004. The research was released by the National Adoption Coalition SA ahead of Child Protection Week. According to the research, there were only 297 unmatched parents for 428 unmatched children available for adoption. This was based on a review of the Registry of Adoptable Children and Parents from November 2013.
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Media: South Africa


Admitting Something is Wrong with Your Adopted Child: RAD
www.mamamia.com.au www.mamamia.com.au

/showurl.php?url=3122 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always. Not in my experience, or in the experience of many others. Sometimes the road to loving your adopted daughter is long and twisted and scary. You know something is wrong, but is it her? Is it you? You drown in shame and confusion, hiding your feelings from the world. It can't possibly be that you've gone to the other end of the world to get this baby and you're not bonded after a month, six months, two years. I knew something wasn't right early on...
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Special Needs Adoption: Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


The Theraplay Institute
www.theraplay.org www.theraplay.org
Therapy through play
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Special Needs Adoption: Therapies & Home Play Ideas


The Institute of Child Development
www.child.tcu.edu www.child.tcu.edu
The TCU Institute of Child Development strives to help children suffering the effects of early trauma, abuse or neglect. We conduct research to deepen understanding about the complex needs of these children and how and why these harmful experiences can impair development and lead to social, behavioral and emotional problems. We design and promote research-based models for practical interventions that anyone can use to help children heal and reach their highest potential.
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Let’s Play Adoption
www.adoptivefamilies.com www.adoptivefamilies.com
Fantasy play can be a comfortable way to explore adoption with your child.
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The Mood Gym
moodgym.anu.edu.au moodgym.anu.edu.au
Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression
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Free Downloadable Therapy Worksheets & CBT Tools
www.getselfhelp.co.uk www.getselfhelp.co.uk
The following Adobe documents are freely available for you to download for therapy purposes - just click on the picture to open the file (in a new tab/window), then save a copy to your computer
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The Grace Centre
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/showurl.php?url=3095 The Grace Centre project is an integrated, holistic Christian approach to meeting the need of a broad range of children. Children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds will be accepted, based only upon the recognized genuine need of the family. Over the past 40 years the families of Ethiopia have suffered drought, famine, civil war and more recently the AIDS epidemic. Families have been stripped of their wage earners, and traditional multi-generational support. Infant mortality is high (16.5%) and literacy low (less than 30%). Overall, Grace Children’s Centre aims to work together with families to provide a means of improving the lives of their children. This will mean that these children will be given the opportunity to grow up into people who can change their world in a positive way with a hope and vision for the future.
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Aid Organisations: Ethiopia


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
www.aihw.gov.au www.aihw.gov.au

/showurl.php?url=1173 Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing
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Report on Intercountry Adoption  
www.dpmc.gov.au www.dpmc.gov.au

/showurl.php?url=3094 The Prime Minister announced on 19 December 2013, that he would establish an Interdepartmental Committee on Intercountry Adoption, to report to him in March 2014, with options for implementing reform within Australia over the next 12 months, to improve intercountry adoption. The Council of Australian Governments also agreed that Intercountry Adoption would be on the Council’s agenda for the first meeting in 2014. The Committee is chaired by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It has senior representatives from the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Social Services.
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Reform and action on intercountry adoption
www.pm.gov.au www.pm.gov.au

/showurl.php?url=3093 The Commonwealth Government is committed to adoption reform to enable more people to find families. A new report has identified significant barriers facing Australian families wanting to adopt from overseas. Inconsistent rules, costs and the lengthy wait to adopt currently deter many people from even starting the adoption process. Last Friday, COAG agreed to a national system for intercountry adoption. The Commonwealth will work vigorously with the States and Territories to have a new system operating by early 2015. The report into intercountry adoption also recommended establishing new country programmes to help more Australian families to adopt. A new intercountry adoption programme between Australia and South Africa is now in place. South Africa has a strong commitment to finding families within its borders to care for children in need. Where, for whatever reason, a South African family cannot be found, Australian families will be able to help provide permanent loving homes to South African children. Many of these children will have health needs, and would benefit from the caring environment that Australian families can provide. The Government will introduce amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that obtaining Australian citizenship can happen in a child’s country of origin. As well, we will fix the problems associated with the visa system. It is too complicated at the moment and processing times are too long. For too long children who legitimately need a safe and loving home and Australians who dream of providing this home have been hindered by red tape and confusion. The Government is pleased to be able to undertake real action to bring families together.
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Political Arena: Australia


The race to create a family - Sarah Salmon finds that motherhood can be born by nurturing, rather than creating, a child.
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au

/showurl.php?url=3092 When I tell people I lived in India for several years, they look at me with awe. They revel in my exotic stories and laugh at my funny anecdotes. But when I tell people I underwent fertility treatment in India, they look at me as if I am mad. "Why didn't you fly back to Australia?" people ask. "What was it like?" Noses scrunch in distaste. This is what it was like. A paint-flaked sign hung lopsided above the fertility clinic's entrance. Uneven, dusty roadside steps led to an open door. Flies from a nearby pile of festering garbage chased me through the doorway. Ear-splitting toots of passing rickshaws and trumpeting truck horns bellowed through the entry. Fellow patients swarmed a chipped formica counter with their elbows out, their bodies shoving and their arms waving medical papers under the receptionist's nose. Once I had completed the fierce battle to register, my name was inked into the dog-eared appointment book and the receptionist nodded towards the crowded waiting room: "Sit." A wobbly ceiling fan circled slowly above my seat, doing nothing to circulate the stagnant air, or cool my sweaty palms.
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Media: Australia


Department for Child Protection and Family Support
www.dcp.wa.gov.au www.dcp.wa.gov.au
Fostering and Adoption Services
Department for Child Protection and Family Support
Website: Fostering and Adoption page
Call: (08) 9259 3420 or 1800 622 258 (Western Australia only)
Fax: (08) 9259 3438
Email:
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Australian Central Authorities: Western Australia


Adopt Me. I'm a Teenager
www.cultureunplugged.com www.cultureunplugged.com

/showurl.php?url=3053 Teenagers Justine and Lakeisha really want to be adopted. But there are 120,000 children in foster care in the USA who are available for adotion, of whom 25,000 are teens like them…and there are few adoptive parents seeking this age group. This film follows the girls through the family finding process, and beyond. It explores the methods used by adoption agencies to find families, including adoption parties and television appearances. It is moving to hear the two girls talk about their lives and hopes for the future, and interesting to hear about adoption, family finding and adoption parties from the child’s perspective (as most children in British documentaries are too young to really express how they feel).
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Australia adoption law change raises concerns
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/showurl.php?url=3091 Australia is changing its laws to make it easier to adopt children from abroad. The Hague Convention, an international agreement, oversees inter-country adoption. But some are concerned that not all countries Australia has agreements with are signatories, raising fears that relaxing the system might unknowingly support victims of child trafficking. Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.
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Media: Australia


The Dark Matter of Love
www.dailymotion.com www.dailymotion.com

/showurl.php?url=3052 Documentary following an American family through their first year of their Russian adoption. As the couple, who have a 14 year old birth daughter, adjust to having 11 year Masha, and 5 year old twins Marcel and Vadim in their family (all adopted at the same time, Masha and the boys are not biologically related), a scientist and an adoption therapist are on hand to give them support and pointers. Honest and emotional, this doesn’t shy away from filming the lows, as well as the highs
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Same-sex adoption push backed by SA online petition
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au

/showurl.php?url=3090 Amid continuing debate on the issue of gay marriage, a fresh push is being made in South Australia to let same-sex couples adopt. A bipartisan parliamentary committee backed change almost three years ago but politicians are yet to act. Shaun and Blue moved to the Adelaide Hills about six months ago from the United Kingdom, where they adopted Joshi and Dylan. "It's hectic, two under-fives, and the boys are quite full on," Blue said of life with young children. "One of the commonalities that drew us to together was that we both wanted to be dads." But adoption is not a right for other same-sex couples in SA, only for those who have relocated from elsewhere. "We've got friends in South Australia that are same-sex couples that are already doing long-term fostering and we know that they would absolutely love to adopt their kids long range and they can't," Blue said. In South Australia couples, legally defined as husband and wife, have to have been married for at least five years unless a court determines there are special circumstances. It is at odds with New South Wales, Western Australia, the ACT and Tasmania where there are options for same-sex couples to adopt.
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Media: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, Australia, Gay/Lesbian


Australia forms adoption agreement with South Africa
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au

/showurl.php?url=3089 Australian couples looking to adopt children from overseas will now be able to look to South Africa for a child. A new program allowing adoptions of South African children will provide "significant new hope" for Australian couples wanting to adopt from overseas and for orphaned children abroad, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
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Media: Australia, South Africa


Australian couples could soon adopt from a string of new countries
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au

/showurl.php?url=3088 Australian couples wanting to adopt could soon do so from a string of new countries if the recommendations of a new report investigating the hurdles to overseas adoptions are adopted. The new countries include Cambodia, Vietnam, the US, Kenya, Bulgaria and Latvia, but prospective parents may have to be more open to adopting a child with special needs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has already announced action on two other recommendations - opening a new adoption program with South Africa, allowing Australian couples to adopt a child from that country. And he is establishing a new federal system to make the process of adopting a child from overseas faster, cheaper and uniform across the states and territories.
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Media: Australia


BBC's Britains Broken Families
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/showurl.php?url=3051 Documentary following the around the clock work of Newcastle’s Family Intervention Project, whose job is to help improve the lives of the area’s most challenging and disruptive families. Every day, FIP works intensively with the most disadvantaged, challenging and disruptive families in the UK who other authorities (social workers, police, education, housing) have tried – and failed – to help. If the families don’t change, they will lose their homes or children FIP worker Claire Stewart is trying to help Sharon, whose 14-year-old-daughter is refusing to go to school. Gangs of youths frequent her house, and have been terrorising the estate FIP worker Vicki McKeown has been brought in to transform a mother whose two boys are being neglected and risk of being taken into care
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Care Home Kids: Looking for Love
www.dailymotion.com www.dailymotion.com

/showurl.php?url=3049 Ashley John-Baptiste, known for his time in the boyband Risk, was taken into care at the age of two, and never returned home. Despite the instability of his childhood, he did well in school and went on to study at Cambridge. In this program, he revisits his time in care, and meets some of the children who live in care homes now.
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The National Resource Center for Adoption
www.nrcadoption.org www.nrcadoption.org

/showurl.php?url=3087 In collaboration with the T/TA Network, States, Tribes, and Territories, the National Resource Center for Adoption will work to improve the overall capacity of the child welfare system to sustain systemic changes that address the adoption-related needs of the families, children and youth it serves.

The National Resource Center for Adoption’s vision is that every child and youth in the public child welfare system will have a permanent family that provides them safety, permanence, and well-being.
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Beyond the Orphanage
www.beyondtheorphanage.org www.beyondtheorphanage.org
Ethiopia's orphans are some of the most vulnerable children on earth. With a unique support model, Beyond the Orphanage places at-risk orphans with families and guides them to become self-reliant adults. We're small enough to be there for each child, experienced enough to give the right support, and strong enough to help each child create the future that's right for them. We're non-profit and non-denominational and take children of any race, gender or physical or mental ability.
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Aid Organisations: Ethiopia


Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT)
www.cambodianchildrenstrust.org www.cambodianchildrenstrust.org

/showurl.php?url=3085 Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT) is a secular, non-profit Cambodian NGO working to enable vulnerable children in Battambang to become educated, ethical and empowered future leaders of Cambodia.
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Aid Organisations: Cambodia


World Families Australia Inc.
www.worldfamilies.org.au www.worldfamilies.org.au

/showurl.php?url=3084 * Is a community based, not for profit, non-sectarian organization, providing international aid through relief and development projects.
* Is an incorporated organisation coordinated primarily by volunteers to provide the greatest benefit to overseas projects.
* Has Project Officers (volunteers) with relationships in specific overseas countries enabling the organization to respond to needs where they have been identified.
* Works within the Ausaid and Taxation Office guidelines.
* Facilitates support for members of the adoption community.
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Aid Organisations: Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam


Hamlin Fistula Australia Limited
www.hamlinfistula.org.au www.hamlinfistula.org.au

/showurl.php?url=3083 Hamlin Fistula Australia Limited (HFA) was established by Dr Catherine Hamlin, her family and friends in 1996. The generosity of donors has enabled HFA to provide funds for the massive expansion in the work of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital including the establishment of regional centres and the creation of the Hamlin College of Midwives.

There are funds similar to HFA in New Zealand, UK, USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Japan.

From 1996 until mid 2012 HFA was the authorised representative in Australia of Dr Hamlin, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (HFE) and the Hamlin Fistula International Foundation (HFIF). In July 2012 Dr Hamlin established a new company in Australia called Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) Limited (HFEA) and this new company now represents Dr Hamlin, HFE and HFIF in Australia.

Donations and bequests continue to be used to support the core purposes of HFA and the Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund which are to provide funding for the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistulas suffered by women in developing countries and to raise awareness of this distressing condition.

Ever since the establishment of the Hamlin Fistula Relief & Aid Fund, all money received has been allocated to support the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
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Aid Organisations: Ethiopia


Finding Mum And Dad
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/showurl.php?url=3047 Adotion Parties, where waiting children and hopeful adoptive parents are brought together for a few hours of fun and games, are being trialed by several adoption agencies. These agencies hope that the parties will be a more successful way of finding families for their most hard to place children. We hear from an adoptive family who found their son at such a party, and some of the prospective adopters who are about to attend them. However the main focus of this moving documentary, are brothers Connor and Daniel, as well as eight year old Scott. All hard to place older children, their foster carers and social workers hope that the right adoptive families will find them at an adoption party – if not, all three boys face spending the rest of their childhoods in care.
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Mission in Action - Charity begins at home, but that is not where it should end.
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/showurl.php?url=3082 Mission in Action was founded in 2004 by the Budulica Family from Australia. The aim of Mission in Action it to make difference to people who are in some form of crisis with poverty, hunger or disease. Mission in Action (MIA) is wholeheartedly dedicated to the children in their care at Nakuru Children's Home. We endeavour to raise the children in a loving, safe Christian family environment offering them education and opportunities to become productive future members of their community.
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Protecting Our Children
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/showurl.php?url=3046 This three part series followed social workers as they worked with vulnerable families in their area, and made decisions about when to take children into care
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