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Bondi Beach 2026 NSW
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 New South Wales

Alternatives to Adoption
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
If you feel you can't cope with a new baby or your child, adoption is not the only alternative. There are a lot of support options out there, many of which are provided by Community Services and our community partners.

For more details on any of these options, contact Adoption and Permanent Care Services on 02 8855 4900, email
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Considering Adoption For Your Child
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
There are all sorts of reasons parents consider making an adoption decision for their child. Often, this decision is made during a very emotional and difficult time.

You should always discuss your thoughts with a qualified and experienced worker (contact Adoption and Permanent Care Services on 02 9716 3003 or email ).
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Korea Sparkling Festival 2008: 20 September 2008 - 21 September 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Sydney residents are invited to join a weekend of Korean festival fun at the Korea Sparkling Festival 2008 being held at Palm Grove, Darling Harbour. The star performers of last year's festival 'NANTA' will return to perform three shows daily.
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Past Adoptions
www.community.nsw.gov.au www.community.nsw.gov.au
The Adoption Information Unit (AIU) provides adoption information and support for individuals and their families in relation to:
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Overseas Central Authorities

List of Adoption Authorities from the The Hague Convention
www.hcch.net www.hcch.net
Useful Links: Overseas Central Authorities


List of Overseas Central Authorities from the The Hague Convention
www.hcch.net www.hcch.net
Useful Links: Overseas Central Authorities


 Queensland

Reject Forced Adoption of Children of Drug Using Parents!
www.nuaa.org.au www.nuaa.org.au
The suggestion made by a senior Queensland Health manager to the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry (Courier Mail, 27 August 2012) of utilising what they are calling a "parentectomy: to forcefully remove newborns from drug using parents is nothing short of shocking, says both the national & Queensland-based organisations representing people who use/have used illicit drugs. The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) and QuIVAA says that adopting a surgically imbued term of precision and efficiency such as "parentectomy" to describe the emotional and heart-wrenching outcomes resulting from the forced removal of children is of the gravest concern. "The use of this terminology is designed to gloss over what is really being proposed here. A seemingly innocuous term, aimed at convincing the public that what is being suggested is somehow "medically efficient" and "in the best interests of all involved". It proposes an already tried and failed 'cruel to be kind' type approach to social welfare which was implemented prior to the 1950s but it has no place in Australia in 2012. Have we learnt nothing from the cruel and inhumane practices of the past that saw the systemic removal of indigenous and children of single parents from their families and communities? Child removal is not the clear or incisive act that the term "parentectomy" suggests - the wounds of forced child removal never heal and the damage for both parents and children can be permanent" stated Annie Madden, AIVL Executive Officer.

"I was on a methadone program for 14 years in N.S.W,my two sons where born on the program at westmead hospital,I was put on a court order to remain on the shit AND THEN THE GOVERNMENT STOLE MY KIDS AS I WAS A MOTHER OF A ABUSING SUBSTANCE,MY LIFE HAS BEEN IN TATTERS AS I WAS BASHED UP AT AURBAN METHADONE CLINIC IN ORDER TO GET AT MY SONS FATHER,I HAVE BEEN OFF THE METHADONE NOW FOR 6 YEARS AND AM RESEARCHING MY PAST AS I WAS SET UP AT THE AGE OF 21 THREE YEARS AFTER I ARRIVED FROM N.Z.THE POLICE SET ME UP TO GET AT THE CRIMINALS,I WAS SET TO LONG BAY JAIL.MY STORY GOES ON AND ON BUT NO-ONE WANTS TO KNOW OR HELP ME SORT IT OUT,I have been living in AUSTRALIA since I was 18 and am now 51 years of age,I have been to hell and back because of drugs and have a first hand witness and photo's plus a paper trail that would gob smack the world on how wrong one's life can go when we get involved in the circle of the MR BIGS."
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 Canada

Adoption Council of Canada
www.adoption.ca www.adoption.ca
Useful Links: Canada


Adoption Summit 2010 Videos
adoptionsummit.uwaterloo.ca adoptionsummit.uwaterloo.ca
The Intercountry Adoption Summit is proud to present the full program in video format. These videos are available free of charge and can be downloaded to your computer. If you download them, we ask that you do not distribute them and give appropriate credit to the presenter. You may use these for private viewing or for an educational endeavor, such as in a classroom setting or for an organization training. This page provides links, descriptions, and instructions for viewing and downloading.
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Intercountry Adoption Summit 2010 Recommended¬†Action Items  
adoptionsummit.uwaterloo.ca adoptionsummit.uwaterloo.ca
These following 46 recommended action items spread across 17 different categories are the result of a series of roundtable discussions held at the Intercountry Adoption Summit 2010 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. The discussions centred on problems, trends, directions, barriers and recommendations to intercountry adoption. A summary of the problems, trends, directions, and barriers is available in another document. Four two-hour roundtable discussions were held on Thursday, September 23, 2010 and Friday, September 24, 2010.
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 China

A China adoption story
www.youtube.com www.youtube.com
"This is a love story about our journey to adopt our daughter."
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Attach China
www.attach-china.org www.attach-china.org
This website was put together primarily so that new families will not have to suffer what many of us suffered while trying to get the help and support we needed in order to help our children. It is important to remember that we cannot be held responsible for what happened to our children before we adopted them, but we owe it to them, as their parents, to help them heal.

This Attach-ChinaWebsite was founded by a parent for parents of children adopted from China who have PTSD or other attachment issues as a resource for these issues. The content selected for the website is intended to share information about various therapies, and although certain articles speak to the success some families have had with those therapies, the website is not intended as an endorsement of any particular therapeutic course of treatment.

Families with children with possible PTSD and attachment issues are urged to seek medical advice. If a family begins a therapy without medical advice, they do so at their own risk. Children may have unusual or unique reactions to various types of therapies and "one-size-does-not-fit-all" when dealing with these issues. In particular, some parents have noted that children traumatized while in institutional or foster care may have more extreme or unexpected reactions in holding therapy, and therefore, "Holding" should only be done under the supervision of a licensed therapist with experience in this therapy.

This website is not intended to take the place of professional therapy and Attach-China can assume no responsibility for a family's therapeutic choices for their child.
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Can China afford its One-Child Policy?  
www.eastwestcenter.org www.eastwestcenter.org
Useful Links: China


Children's Hope International - China Adoption
www.childrenshopeint.org www.childrenshopeint.org
Useful Links: China


China Center of Adoption Affairs (CCAA)
www.china-ccaa.org www.china-ccaa.org
Useful Links: China


Chinese Take-Aways: The American child adoption factory (Mirror.co.uk)
www.mirror.co.uk www.mirror.co.uk
Useful Links: China, United Kingdom, USA


Families with Children from China
www.fwcc.org www.fwcc.org
Useful Links: China


Families with Children from China: An Appeal from FCC Orphanage Assistance Programs
www.fccny.org www.fccny.org
Since our first appeal in 1996, our program has grown more than we could have imagined. With many families giving generously each year, we have brought immeasurable change to the lives of children in China's orphanages. Through the gifts of our donors, for example, Chun Yue, a two year-old girl in Changshu has received medical care and is now happy and thriving in the loving care of her foster family. She is just one of the thousands of children we are helping in a range of programs in more than thirty orphanages across China.

The challenge before us now is to fulfill the commitment we have made to these children, to ensure a future of hope and possibility. To honor our promise to the many children our programs benefit, we need to raise $200,000 this year - a significant goal, but one we believe we can achieve.
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FCC Orphanage Appeal
www.fccorphanageappeal.org www.fccorphanageappeal.org
"Although we loved all the children we taught, we found ourselves talking at night in our hotel room about the special needs kids. They were the ones who needed us the most."
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Useful Links: China


Holt International Children Services
www.holtintl.org www.holtintl.org
Useful Links: China


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


Sichuan adoption policies
www.china.org.cn www.china.org.cn
In line with China's Adoption Law, the orphans are defined as the children of deceased parents although their grandparents may be still living. There are three kinds of children under 14 years of age eligible for adoption. Read more ...
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South Australian Chinese Adoption Support (SACAS) Inc.
www.adam.com.au www.adam.com.au
Support organisation for China
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When is Chinese New Year?
www.qppstudio.net www.qppstudio.net
Useful Links: China


 Colombia

Adopter en Colombie
www.carinitos-colombie.com www.carinitos-colombie.com
Useful Links: Colombia


Children's Hope International - Colombia Adoption
www.childrenshopeint.org www.childrenshopeint.org
Useful Links: Colombia


Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF)
www.icbf.gov.co www.icbf.gov.co
Useful Links: Colombia


What is Colombian Food?
mycolombiancocina.com mycolombiancocina.com
Here you will find a guide to our colourful and traditional cuisine... What is Colombian Food? Colombian food is not spicy hot, but is still full of flavour. We have a huge variety of fruit and other natural products, and this has combined over the years with influences of other cultures making for an exciting fusion of different tastes.
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 Ethiopia

Children's Hope International - Ethiopia Adoption
www.childrenshopeint.org www.childrenshopeint.org
Useful Links: Ethiopia


Ethiopia In Our Hearts... and In Our Lives
www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com
I recently shared my family's adoption experiences during our agency's weekend for parents in the early stages of adopting. I attended long ago and returned once with my family. That return visit led to some interesting and challenging questions for all of us.
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Eva Adoption Video
www.youtube.com www.youtube.com
This is a video of our journey to Ethiopia to adopt our little girl, Eva.
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When is End of Ramadan in Ethiopia?
www.qppstudio.net www.qppstudio.net
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 France

Coeur Adoption: Adoption Sans Discriminatiin (in French)
www.coeuradoption.org www.coeuradoption.org
Lots of information on adoption
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 India

Central Adoption Resource Agency
www.cara.nic.in www.cara.nic.in
Useful Links: India


Connected Indian Roots
people.freenet.de people.freenet.de
Useful Links: India


Indian Adoption Resources
www.ichild.org www.ichild.org
Useful Links: India


Indian Orphanages Network
www.indianorphanages.net www.indianorphanages.net
Useful Links: India


List of orphanages in India
www.indianorphanages.net www.indianorphanages.net
Useful Links: India


 Ireland

Adoption Authority of Ireland
aai.gov.ie aai.gov.ie

/showurl.php?url=3079 The Adoption Act 2010 commenced on 1st November 2010. This coincided with Ireland's formal ratification of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Adoption Authority was also established on that day. The purpose of the Adoption Act, 2010, is to improve standards in both domestic and intercountry adoption. The regulatory framework governing adoption has been strengthened in an attempt to ensure that the best interests of children are protected at every step throughout the adoption process. With effect from 1 November 2010 inter-country adoptions can be effected with other countries which have ratified the Hague Convention or with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement.

From the 1st November 2010 anyone wishing to effect an adoption from a Hague country must be satisfied that the adoption is in compliance with the rules set out in the Hague Convention. The key rules to be adhered to are:

1. the adoption must comply with all the terms and conditions of the Hague Convention
2. the agent/agency handling the adoption is properly accredited by the Central Authority of the sending State
3. the agent/agency can produce a valid Article 23 Certificate from a competent authority of the sending State in respect of the adoption

The Hague Convention website (www.hcch.net) has details of the Convention and a list of the Central Authorities, the Accredited Bodies and the Competent Authorities in each country
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 Israel

Is it unfair to adopt a child and raise them away from their cultural heritage?
answers.yahoo.com answers.yahoo.com
My husband and I are thinking about international adoption because it is almost impossible to adopt inside Israel and we don't meet some of their strict standards. We moved here from the US less than 2 years ago and were thinking about adopting an American child but we realize that would be very difficult too. If we adopted a child from say, China, would it be fair to take a little Chinese child and raise them in Israel? We live in Tel Aviv and we aren't Orthodox.
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 Kazakhstan

Children's Hope International - Kazakhstan Adoption
www.childrenshopeint.org www.childrenshopeint.org
Useful Links: Kazakhstan


 Kenya

The Rafiki Fundraising Society (Rafiki is Swahili for friend)
www.rafikisociety.com www.rafikisociety.com
The Rafiki Fundraising Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to generating funds to provide the children of Africa with the basic necessities of life such as food, water, and shelter as well as provide direct access to medical care.
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 Korea, South

A thought for Chuseok: 'Keep families together!'
www.adopteesolidarity.org www.adopteesolidarity.org
Useful Links: Korea, South


Adoptee Solidarity Korea
www.adopteesolidarity.org www.adopteesolidarity.org
Useful Links: Korea, South


Also Known As
www.alsoknownas.org www.alsoknownas.org
Useful Links: Korea, South


Birthday Celebrations
asianinfo.org asianinfo.org
Useful Links: Korea, South


Cultural Spotlight
www.lifeinkorea.com www.lifeinkorea.com
Useful Links: Korea, South


Discount Korea Hotels
www.discount-korea-hotels.biz www.discount-korea-hotels.biz
Useful Links: Korea, South


Eastern Social Welfare Society
www.eastern.or.kr www.eastern.or.kr
Useful Links: Korea, South


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