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Bondi Beach 2026 NSW
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 Australia

Made in China
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
Useful Links: Australia, China


Red tape binds orphans to China
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
Useful Links: Australia, China


"Quite A Journey" - Australian Parents' Experience of Adopting Older - Children from Overseas Orphanages - "This is such a personal, personal journey. It's so emotional. No one can really, really fully understand it until you've been through it."  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Over the past 30 years, intercountry adoption has become an increasingly popular means of family formation in Australia. Despite this, there are gaps in what is known about the experiences of Australian adoptive parents. Many of the children adopted into Australia from overseas are past infancy when they enter their new families, something that is associated with an increased risk of childhood problems and decreased parental satisfaction. Although many Australian parents have incorporated older children into their family, little is known of what this experience is like for parents as very few studies have invited parents to tell their story. Even less is known about the experience of adoptive fathers, as fathers are under-represented in studies of parenting generally and adoptive parenting specifically. This study aimed to go some way towards rectifying these omissions.

Using the qualitative paradigm, 28 parents (13 fathers and 15 mothers) were interviewed about their experiences of adopting children over the age of 24 months from orphanages in China, Ethiopia, India and Thailand. Parents were invited to talk about any aspects of their experience. Although parents' experiences and recollections were diverse, almost all parents had been confronted by difficult child behaviours, at least initially. Contrary to previous research, gender of child, length of institutional care of child or age of child at placement did not seem related to parents' experience of parenting.

From interviews with parents, six major themes emerged: the long wait and intense emotions of adoption; the disparity between experiences and expectations; understanding of children's previous difficult life circumstances; parenting teaching about previously unrecognised aspects of self; parents' perception that they had to be seen to be coping; and unmet needs.

Despite the challenges presented by their children, parents were reluctant to use support services because they perceived themselves to be scrutinised and feared repercussions if they did seek support. Mothers blamed themselves for their children‘s behavioural problems, rather than attributing difficulties to children's previous adverse life events. Although several parents did seek assistance, they generally found professionals ill-informed and unhelpful.

Parents made a number of recommendations about how the process of adoptive parenting could be improved. They recommended the routine provision of a variety of services, including counselling for children, parents and couples. Parents expressed a strong desire for more information both pre- and post-placement, including information about what types of problems to expect and what services to approach for help with these problems.
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Adoption Australia
www.adoptionaustralia.org www.adoptionaustralia.org
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family and Human Services resolved on 16 February 2005 to conduct an inquiry into the adoption of children from overseas after reviewing the 2003-2004 Annual Report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The committee determined its terms of reference, giving particular emphasis to identifying any inconsistencies between state and territory approval processes for overseas adoptions and any inconsistencies between the benefits and entitlements provided to families for birth children as distinct from adopted children.

There has been a massive decline in the number of adoptions in Australia in the last 35 years. In fact, the total number of local adoptions per annum has dropped from a peak in 1971-72 of over 9,000 to 73 in 2003-04. Intercountry adoption is now the dominant form of adoption in Australia. By 2003-04 intercountry adoptions represented some three quarters of total adoptions and run at 300-400 adoptions per year. By contrast, there are tens of thousands of children in foster care or other forms of out of home care. It is also significant that increasing numbers of children are being born as a result of Assisted Reproductive Technology, such as IVF (6,800 IVF live births in 2002).
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Adoption Australia on Facebook
www.facebook.com www.facebook.com
Adoption supporters and advocates of children's rights - working together to bring about change and better outcomes for kids.
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Adoption in School -- Samples, Handouts & Downloadables
chinaadoptiontalk.blogspot.com.au chinaadoptiontalk.blogspot.com.au
"My last post on adoption in the schools required you to BUY resources. This one features internet resources, handouts & downloadables that are free, free, free!"
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Blogs: Australia, Education Material for Teachers & Parents
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Adoption Support for Families & Children
www.asfc.info www.asfc.info
ASFC is a voluntary, non-profit organisation whose membership is made up of prospective adoptive parents (PAPs), adoptive families both Intercountry and local and adult adoptees. The site will help you find up to date information regarding adoption in Western Australia as well as details of ASFC's activities, upcoming events, overseas aid and child sponsorship programs.
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Adoptive Families Association of the ACT (AFA)
www.adoption.org.au www.adoption.org.au
The AFA organises social activities and other key events for our members. Be sure to visit the website often as we post our upcoming events throughout the year. Scroll down to see the current Events Calendar.
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Australian Families for Children (AFC)
www.australiansadopt.org www.australiansadopt.org
Calendar of Events
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Australian Families for Children (AFC)
www.australiansadopt.org www.australiansadopt.org
Permanent families for abandoned children
Have you considered being family to an orphaned, abandoned or destitute child? Children left in orphanages grow up without essential personal attention. These children miss out in many things every child should have. Unloved kids don’t develop soundly. They miss out on social acceptance, respect, education and adequate health care. The institution is all they know. They have a poor life expectancy.
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Current intercountry adoption programs
www.ag.gov.au www.ag.gov.au
Information about Australia's intercountry adoption programs...
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Ethiopia Program - annual reports for all children requested
www.ag.gov.au www.ag.gov.au
The Australian Representative has advised that the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) has requested the most recent post placement or annual reports for all children up to the age of 18 adopted by Australian families.
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Exempting churches from anti-discrimination laws
www.eurekastreet.com.au www.eurekastreet.com.au
Church groups in Australia have been engaged in a gruelling campaign to maintain what they regard as justifiable exemptions from the provisions of equal opportunity employment laws. They want to maintain the ethos of their educational institutions and remain true to their teachings on questions such as family relationships. Cardinal Pell makes the point nicely:
Should the Greens have the right to prefer to employ people who believe in climate change, or should they be forced to employ sceptics? Should Amnesty International have the right to prefer members who are committed to human rights, or should they be forced to accept those who admire dictatorships? Both cases involve discrimination and limiting the freedoms of others, and without it neither organisation would be able to maintain their identity or do their job effectively. Church agencies and schools are not exempt from anti-discrimination law in New South Wales, and the language of ‘exemptions’ is misleading.
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Useful Links: Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia, Gay/Lesbian Adoption Legislation vs Catholic Church, Religion


Intercountry Adoption State and Territory Fees Matrix Feb 2010  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
Useful Links: Australia


National Adoption Awareness Week
www.adoptionawarenessweek.com.au www.adoptionawarenessweek.com.au
Calendar of Events: NSW
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Seven billion reasons to open our hearts and homes to adoption
theconversation.edu.au theconversation.edu.au
A 2005 Inquiry into adoption of children from overseas (The committee's report) found that there is a general attitude against intercountry adoption in most jurisdictions in Australia. This ranges from indifference or lack of support to hostility. Understandably, it causes great distress to prospective parents seeking to adopt children from overseas. The inquiry found that, due to past practices, such as forced adoptions leading to “the stolen generation�, Australia has developed an anti-adoption culture.
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World Families Australia Inc. (WFA)
worldfamilies.org.au worldfamilies.org.au
The organisation began during the war in Vietnam, when a group of people from Adelaide who had adopted children from that country decided to offer help to orphans who remained in Vietnam. Since then sponsorship and aid programs have opened in many countries, sometimes after contact by adopting Australian parents and many times through the contact made by Project Officers. World Families Australia has had several names, including ASIAC and Australians Aiding Children, but the basic intention of helping children/communities has never changed. Today World Families Australia supports numerous projects that provide communities and children in those communities with the funds to provide water, micro-loans, food, sanitation, housing, medical support, nutritional education, vocational training and education.
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 Immigration / Government

Fact Sheet 33
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Family Stream Migration: Child
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Fact Sheet 36
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Adopting Children from Overseas
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Form 119  
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Application for evidence of Australian citizenship
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Form 1272  
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Application for Australian citizenship for children adopted under the "full and permanent" Hague Convention arrangements
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Form 1290  
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Application for Australian citizenship by conferral - other situations
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 Overseas Representation for Australia

Bolivia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Brazil
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Burkina Faso
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


China
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Colombia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Czech Republic
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Ethiopia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Fiji
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Greece
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Guatemala
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Hong Kong
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


India
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Indonesia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Japan
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Korea, South
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Laos
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Malaysia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Mongolia
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Nicaragua
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Papua New Guinea
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Philippines
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Poland
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Russian Federation
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


South Africa
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Suriname
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Taiwan
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


Thailand
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


USA
www.immi.gov.au www.immi.gov.au
Useful Links: Overseas Representation for Australia


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