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 Commonwealth of Australia

Australian Citizenship Act 2007  
www.comlaw.gov.au www.comlaw.gov.au
The Parliament recognises that Australian citizenship represents full and formal membership of the community of the Commonwealth of Australia.
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Legislation/Agreements: Commonwealth of Australia






Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998
www.comlaw.gov.au www.comlaw.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Commonwealth of Australia


Family Law Act 1975
www.comlaw.gov.au www.comlaw.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Commonwealth of Australia


Hospitality: Parental leave scheme kicks off July 1
www.hospitalitymagazine.com.au www.hospitalitymagazine.com.au
... employers will be responsible for providing Parental Leave Pay to eligible employees who have a child born or adopted from 1 July 2011, have been an employee for 12 months or more prior to the expected date of birth or adoption ...
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Intercountry Adoption Strategic Plan 2008
www.ag.gov.au www.ag.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Commonwealth of Australia


National Minimum Principles In Adoption  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Legislation/Agreements: Commonwealth of Australia


The Intercountry Adoption System in Australia - Legislation and Publications
www.ag.gov.au www.ag.gov.au
Intercountry adoption in Australia is conducted in accordance with the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. The intercountry adoption system in Australia is based on collaboration between the Australian Government and State and Territory authorities.
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 Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT Adoption Act
www.austlii.edu.au www.austlii.edu.au
Legislation/Agreements: Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


ACT Adoption Act (Download)
www.legislation.act.gov.au www.legislation.act.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


ACT Adoption Unit
www.dhcs.act.gov.au www.dhcs.act.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Australian Capital Territory (ACT)


 New South Wales

Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Act 2010 No 66  
www.legislation.nsw.gov.au www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
If an application to adopt a child is made by a couple, background information relating to the couple that is obtained by the Director-General or principal officer in connection with the application is, at the request of the birth parents of the child, to be provided to the birth parents before any adoption order may be made in relation to that child.
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Adoption Amendment Bill 2008  
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au www.parliament.nsw.gov.au
An Act to amend the Adoption Act 2000 to make further provision with respect to the adoption of children and access to adoption information.
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Adoption Legislation Amendment (Overseas Adoption) Bill 2013  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
The object of this Bill is to enable New South Wales residents who adopt a child overseas to have that adoption registered and have a post-adoption birth certificate issued for the adopted child, provided that the adoption is recognised under NSW law and was arranged by the Department of Family and Community Services. The foreign countries in which adoptions are recognised are countries that are party to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and countries prescribed under Commonwealth regulations providing for intercountry adoption bilateral arrangements.
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Legislation regarding DoCS
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
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NSW - Eligibility criteria to adopt
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
What are the criteria set by the state of NSW to be eligible to adopt through DoCS?
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Legislation/Agreements: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, New South Wales


NSW Adoption Act 2000 and how it effects you  
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
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NSW Adoption Act 2000 No 75 (Parlimentary Counsel's Office)
www.legislation.nsw.gov.au www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: New South Wales


NSW Adoption Regulation 2003
www.legislation.nsw.gov.au www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: New South Wales


Review of the Adoption Act 2000  
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
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 Queensland

Queensland Adoption of Children Act 1964  
www.legislation.qld.gov.au www.legislation.qld.gov.au
An Act to make provision about the adoption of children and to make related amendments of the Adoption of Children Act 1964, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 2003 and the Child Protection Act 1999 and to make consequential amendments of other Acts as stated in schedule 2
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Queensland Adoption of Children Regulation 1999  
www.legislation.qld.gov.au www.legislation.qld.gov.au
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 South Australia

South Australia Adoption Act 1988  
www.legislation.sa.gov.au www.legislation.sa.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: South Australia


South Australia Adoption Regulations 2004  
www.legislation.sa.gov.au www.legislation.sa.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: South Australia


 Tasmania

Tasmania Adoption Act 1988
www.thelaw.tas.gov.au www.thelaw.tas.gov.au
Legislation/Agreements: Tasmania


 Victoria

ADOPTION ACT 1984
www.austlii.edu.au www.austlii.edu.au
Version incorporating amendments as at 1 July 2013
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Victoria Adoption Act 1984
www.dms.dpc.vic.gov.au www.dms.dpc.vic.gov.au
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 Western Australia

Western Australia Adoption Act 1994
www.slp.wa.gov.au www.slp.wa.gov.au
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 Austria

Overview of Austrian Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Adoption is seen as an institution designed to provide children with a new family in order to further their well-being, or as a way to legitimise children born out of wedlock.
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Legislation/Agreements: Austria, Center for Adoption Policy


 France

Overview of French Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
The recent legaslative changes are aimed in particular at taking into account the new aspects of international adoption.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, France


 Germany

Overview of German Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
In 1967, German adoption low was reformed to reflect chnaging attitudes and the fact that adoption was principally an institution to provide a new home for children.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Germany


 India

India - Religious Adoption Criteria / Hindus
www.helplinelaw.com www.helplinelaw.com
Legislation/Agreements: India, Religion


India - Religious Adoption Criteria / Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Jews
www.helplinelaw.com www.helplinelaw.com
Legislation/Agreements: India, Religion


India - Requirements for a valid adoption / Hindus
www.helplinelaw.com www.helplinelaw.com
Legislation/Agreements: India, Religion


India's archaic adoption law needs overhaul
www.indiaenews.com www.indiaenews.com
Scores of non-Hindus, who are denied the right to adopt in India, face legal and legislative hurdles.
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Legislation/Agreements: India, Religion


 Ireland

Overview of Irish Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
In Ireland, legal adoption is a relatively new institution. With regard to intercountry adoption, Ireland has seen an increasing in the adoption of children from abroad over the last two decades.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Ireland


 Italy

Overview of Italian Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Italy has long recognised foreign adoptions and have ratified and implemented the Hague Convention as well as the European Convention on the Adoption of Children
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Italy


 Korea, South

Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network - Korea passes law to change adoption policy Bill strengthens oversight, makes birth registration mandatory
www.kumsn.org www.kumsn.org
Korea has just passed historic legislation that is likely to change the way adoption in the country is practiced. The bill to amend the country’s Special Act Relating to the Promotion and Procedure of Adoption, which was sponsored by Democratic Party Representative Choi Young-hee, passed Wednesday with 188 yeas, no nays and four abstentions. The bill was drafted by a coalition of adoptees, single mothers and public interest groups, including Koroot, Dandelions, Adoptee Solidarity Korea, Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea, Gong-gam Public Interest Lawyers Group and the Unwed Mothers & Families Association. Although Korea has revised its adoption law several times, this is the first time adoptees and single mothers have been included in the process. The revised law is expected to shift adoption policy from "adoption promotion" to "family preservation".
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Korean Unwed Mothers Support Network - One Parent Family Support Law [Amended in April 12, 2011 and will be enforced from Jan. 1, 20
www.kumsn.org www.kumsn.org
Chapter 1
Article 2. The Responsibility of the Government
The central government and local organizations should make an effort to protect the rights and interests of one-parent families.
Article 3. The Rights and Responsibilities of one-parent families
A mother or a father of a one-parent family should not be discriminated against in school or at the workplace due to the reasons of: getting pregnant, giving birth, and/or raising the child.
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 Netherlands

Overview of Dutch Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Apart from adoptions by a spouse or a partner of the biological parent, which happens mainly in lesbian couples, there are only about 40 cases per year in which mothers give up their babies.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Netherlands


 Portugal

Overview of Portuguese Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Adoption has been practiced very little in Portugal since the 16th century. Modern Portuguese Adoption Law focuses on the welfare of the child.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Portugal


 Spain

Overview of Spanish Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
The upward trend of international adoptions in Spain stems from a higher domestic demand for adoption on the one hand and an insufficient number of Spanish children to adopt on the other.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Spain


 Sweden

Overview of Swedish Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
The upward trend of international adoptions in Sweden was triggered by the sharp drop in domestic adoptions, which correlated with the changing status of unmarried women in Sweden.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Sweden


 United Kingdom

Judge slams 'inept' law over beaten boy adoption failures
news.scotsman.com news.scotsman.com
A JUDGE yesterday blamed "inept" Scottish Government officials for leaving a loophole in legislation that jeopardised the adoption of a battered baby boy. The boy was at the centre of a case that highlighted problems with the Adoption and Children Act, 2007. The case took almost two years to be resolved, during which time the couple who had been hoping to adopt the little boy, known only as H, became disenchanted and withdrew from the process.
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Overview of English Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
England recognises intercountry adoption and has ratified the European Convention on the Adoption of Children as well as the Hague Convention.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, United Kingdom


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Overview of Austrian Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Adoption is seen as an institution designed to provide children with a new family in order to further their well-being, or as a way to legitimise children born out of wedlock.
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Legislation/Agreements: Austria, Center for Adoption Policy


Overview of Dutch Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
Apart from adoptions by a spouse or a partner of the biological parent, which happens mainly in lesbian couples, there are only about 40 cases per year in which mothers give up their babies.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, Netherlands


Overview of English Adoption Law  
www.adoptionpolicy.org www.adoptionpolicy.org
England recognises intercountry adoption and has ratified the European Convention on the Adoption of Children as well as the Hague Convention.
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Legislation/Agreements: Center for Adoption Policy, United Kingdom


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