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Adoption on agenda
www.ipswichadvertiser.com.au www.ipswichadvertiser.com.au
Adoption Connections in Ipswich is an opportunity for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and other family members to learn more about the Adoption Act 2009 and how it might affect you. The Benevolent Society Post Adoption Support Queensland team leader Susan Kelly said the meeting would help people connect with others in a similar situation. “Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ), a program of the Benevolent Society, provides counselling and support to Queensland people affected by adoption,” Ms Kelly said.
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Catholic Church says sorry over forced adoptions
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
The Catholic Church in Australia will today issue a national apology over past adoption practices that have been described as a "national disgrace". The apology has been prompted by an ABC investigation into claims of abuse and trauma in Newcastle. It is believed at least 150,000 Australian women had their babies taken against their will by some churches and adoption agencies between the 1950s and 1970s. Psychiatrist Geoff Rickarby has treated scores of affected women, and says it is a stain on Australia's history.
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Media: Australia, Religion


Catholic Church to say sorry for forcing single mothers to give up babies
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
The healthcare arm of the Catholic Church will today issue an apology to the victims of forced adoption practices from the 1950s to 1970s and offer those affected counselling and a pathway for complaints.
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Media: Australia, Religion


Child protection is complex: engage with care
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
This week's article makes it simple: "Adoption! Removal!" Could be a good headline, makes it nice and simple. Our singularly headline-incompatible response: sometimes adoption is a good idea and sometimes it's not. Sometimes it is in the best interests of the child. But for many children and young people, adoption isn't the right approach. Why? Because sometimes children and young people have deep and lasting bonds with their siblings and birth parents, sometimes they aren't in situations where adoption is going to work, sometimes they don't want to be adopted, sometimes there aren't any people who'd consider adopting them.
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Media: Australia


Adoption story from the heart of India
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The Waiting City is the story of an Australian couple, Ben and Fiona (Edgerton and Radha Mitchell), who have arranged to adopt a child. They have come to meet her and take her home but there are delays. As appointments are arranged and complications arise their relationship comes under pressure and their expectations, of themselves and of each other, are laid bare.
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Media: Australia, India


Australian Christian Lobby want gays banned from surrogacy
www.news.com.au www.news.com.au
A Christian lobby group says surrogacy should be a last resort for infertile married couples, not a solution for gay and lesbian couples who want children. The Australian Christian Lobby has called on Queensland MPs to amend or reject a new bill to decriminalise altruistic surrogacy, where a woman carries another couple's child for no payment.
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Media: Australia, Queensland


It was wrong of me to oppose gay marriage and adoption
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
If the hairdresser with whom Gillard lives had been female I wonder if her views would be different? And where does Penny Wong stand on this? She is a cabinet member who has fewer civil rights than her colleagues, purely because of her sexuality. Gillard said: 'We believe the Marriage Act is appropriate in its current form, that it's recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman." That statement came on the same day the female Prime Minister of Iceland married her female partner. In Mexico City, capital of a fiercely Catholic country, same-sex marriages and adoption by same-sex couples have been legal since March of this year.
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Media: Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia, Iceland, Mexico, Religion


Mature eye on adoption
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
With The Waiting City, the story of a young Australian couple who travel to Calcutta to finalise the adoption of an Indian baby, Sydney-based writer-director Claire McCarthy joins this new creative surge, showing a level of maturity that makes it hard to credit that she's still only in her 20s.
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Media: Australia, India


Outdoor Rec Party goes pro-gay
www.starobserver.com.au www.starobserver.com.au
The NSW Outdoor Recreation Party is to change its tune on gay and lesbian issues after merging with the pro-same-sex marriage Liberal Democratic Party. The parties merged to ensure representation on the ballots at the next federal and state election. The merged entity will run as LDP federally and as Outdoor Recreation in NSW.
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Media: Australia, New South Wales


Queensland parliament set to pass same-sex surrogacy bill
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
A Queensland bid to bring uniformity to surrogacy laws has sparked a debate over what it means to be a family and whether same-sex couples should ever be allowed to raise children. Motivated by federal Labor colleague Stephen Conroy's experiences with surrogacy, Premier Anna Bligh moved last year to decriminalise altruistic surrogacy in Queensland, bringing the state in line with other jurisdictions.
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Media: Australia, Queensland


Radha's Indian love story
www.dailytelegraph.com.au www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Radha Mitchell has survived a saliva-dripping encounter with a giant croc (Rogue) and toughed it out on an alien planet inhabited by flesheating bats (Pitch Black). But, compared with the emotionally wrenching process of adopting a child in India, a subject she explores in a new Australian drama, those cinematic experiences resemble child's play.
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Media: Australia, India


The Waiting City
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
Writer-director Claire McCarthy's feature is an Australian film shot entirely in India. Its central characters are a couple, Ben and Fiona (Joel Edgerton and Radha Mitchell), who have come to Kolkata to meet the child they have arranged to adopt, and take her home with them. When they arrive, they find obstacles in their way: paperwork, additional meetings, various delays. They have to learn to wait.
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Media: Australia, India


Long road to adoption happiness
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Six-year-old Eric Spiteri wants for nothing. He lives in a beautiful house at Windaroo, he goes to a good school, plays soccer, rides his bike and has two loving parents. Two years ago, Eric lived in an overcrowded orphanage run by five nuns with 90 other children in one of Africa’s poorest countries, Burundi. The conditions were squalid, many of the children were malnourished and HIV AIDS was rife.
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The trauma of forced adoption for shamed single mothers
www.theage.com.au www.theage.com.au
Sue Martin's first baby spent a few days in her arms, then never saw his mother again. Her second was whisked away at birth, neither seen nor touched by her mother until decades later. In 1966, Martin was 18, in love and engaged. When she became pregnant, they both wanted to keep the baby. But Martin's mother, ashamed of her unmarried pregnant daughter, drove the fiance away and sent Martin to live with her aunt to hide. Martin doesn't remember giving birth or signing the adoption papers and wonders if she was drugged. She does remember that the nurses bound her breasts so she could not breastfeed. The social workers and nurses told her the baby would not be going home with her and her mother refused to help. ''They told us we were sub-human, horrid people,'' Martin says.
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Labor MPs look into marriage
www.starobserver.com.au www.starobserver.com.au
Five Victorian state Labor MPs have taken it upon themselves to gauge public opinion on marriage equality in response to what they view as a lack of consultation on the issue federally.
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Media: Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia


Surrogacy in Queensland a legal minefield, say lawyers
www.couriermail.com.au www.couriermail.com.au
Harrington Family Lawyers' Stephen Page said he had been inundated with dozens of inquiries since altruistic surrogacy where the birth mother receives no payment became legal in Queensland last year.
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The Dibb family united
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After an agonising wait, four-year-old Amenty Dibb is finally home with the family that fought for him. The bright and energetic youngster has been at the centre of a complicated adoption battle for the past three years.
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A joyful Mother's Day for some is one of lost childhood memories for others
www.theage.com.au www.theage.com.au
Condemned by society for having a child out of wedlock, Lyn Kinghorn says Mother's Day is a sad reminder of the 20 years she and daughter Christine spent apart.
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Media: Adoptees, Australia, Birth Parents


Wayne Swan has taken aim at rich families in his budget, entrenching $150,000 household income as the welfare threshold in a political and economic fix.
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
For the Baby Bonus, the limit will remain unindexed at $75,000 family income for the six months after the birth or adoption of a child, and for Paid Parental Leave the income limit will be frozen at $150,000 for the primary carer.
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Adopting a hard line on parents
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
BY law, there is nothing to stop an Australian couple from adopting a child from overseas. There are no fewer than eight state and territory departments set up precisely to help Australian couples form families this way.
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Secrets and lives: the law that gave families hope
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The wall of secrecy that surrounded adoption cracked for the first time 20 years ago; the whole edifice crumbled swiftly after that.
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Here comes trouble
www.theage.com.au www.theage.com.au
His biological parents gave him up for adoption at birth, and he suspects that his mother never knew his father (though ''obviously they must have known each other for a few hours'').
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Media: Australia, USA


Paid parent leave to be delivered
www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
Families welcoming bundles of joy from January 1, 2011 (or adopting them), can lodge claims for the federal Labor government's historic paid parental leave scheme which provides up to three months' pay.
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Same-sex couple had IVF success
www.tweednews.com.au www.tweednews.com.au
"Some women have travelled to other countries to look into surrogacy and adoption, so it’s fantastic how the laws don’t discriminate any more."
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Sharing the burden
www.dailyexaminer.com.au www.dailyexaminer.com.au
Grafton's Chris Davis knows the sheer heartache of losing a child well before its time. In 1987, after seven years of unsuccessful IVF treatments, Chris fell pregnant with triplets.
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NSW marks 20 years of adoption services
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It's been 20 years since the secrecy surrounding adoption has been lifted and many long lost family members have been brought together in NSW.
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Media: Australia, New South Wales


Birth of a booming baby industry
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
Like an anxious father-to-be, Sorensen (not her real name) will pace the corridors of New Delhi's Phoenix Hospital while a woman she met six days ago and knows only as Rani goes through childbirth for her.
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Media: Australia, India


Newport woman's play gives paws for thought
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The story of her biological mother riding a motor scooter across the Nullarbor before falling pregnant and ultimately giving her up for adoption, inspired Newport playwright and actress Donna Jackson’s latest work.
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Speaking Out
www.starobserver.com.au www.starobserver.com.au
During the 2011 Mardi Gras season the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) will be both celebrate and educate people about our achievements to date, including equal age of consent in NSW, the recognition of lesbian co-mothers, the legal recognition of
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Media: Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia


Language reflects a dark side of surrogacy
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The newest term to describe the birth mother in a surrogacy arrangement is ''gestational carrier''.
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Yared's Christmas dream
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TARRAGINDI youngster Yared Dibb, 8, is desperate to spend Christmas with his younger brother. But a stalled adoption application and lengthy immigration delays look set to shatter his hopes.
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We ask, they tell: What Qld MPs think of abortion
www.brisbanetimes.com.au www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Queensland’s Liberal National Party has denied discouraging its MPs from freely expressing their opinions about the state’s abortion laws.
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'Fly Away Home' by Mary Ann Jolley
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
Last year Foreign Correspondent exposed deep flaws and appalling practices in the international adoption industry operating in Ethiopia and the United States.
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Media: Australia, Child Trafficking, Ethiopia, USA




Australian Representative for the Ethiopia-Australia Intercountry Adoption Program
www.ag.gov.au www.ag.gov.au
Ato Lakew Gebeyehu has indicated that he intends to transition from his role as the Australian Representative for the Ethiopia-Australia Intercountry Adoption Program. This does not mean closure of the Ethiopia-Australia Intercountry Adoption Program.
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Media: Australia, Child Trafficking, Ethiopia


In 2005, a Federal Government report detailed concerns raised about Ethiopian adoptions.
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Interim Report on the Ethiopian-Australian Bilateral Intercountry Adoption Program
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Media: Australia, Child Trafficking, Ethiopia


In 2008, Against Child Trafficking wrote to the Government highlighting similar concerns.
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ACT is a non profit organisation registered in The Netherlands that researches intercountry adoption in order to document past and current practices.
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Media: Australia, Child Trafficking, Ethiopia


Response from the Attorney-General's Department to questions from ABC News Online
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Media: Australia, Child Trafficking, Ethiopia


'Fly Away Children' by Andrew Geoghegan
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
A pop-media obsession with celebrities adopting children in Africa has resulted in a queue of adopting foreigners dealing with opportunistic adoption agents in operating in a regulatory vacuum. In Ethiopia, and beyond, its creating a heartbreaking mess.
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Media: Adoption Fraud, Australia, Ethiopia


Australians caught in Ethiopian adoption nightmare
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Australian families have made serious allegations of corruption within Australia's inter-country adoption program with Ethiopia.
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Media: Adoption Fraud, Australia, Ethiopia


Families in the dark as adoption chief quits
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
The man who ran Australia's adoption program with Ethiopia for 20 years has stood down amidst ongoing serious allegations of corruption.
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Media: Adoption Fraud, Australia, Ethiopia


MPs get conscience vote on same-sex adoption
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
New South Wales MPs will be allowed a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex adoption.
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Media: Australia, Gay/Lesbian, New South Wales


Parental scheme doesn't guarantee leave
www.news.com.au www.news.com.au
Media: Australia


Son grieves for mum he met too late
www.theage.com.au www.theage.com.au
Ross Daniels is full of grief for the mother he never got to know. It is not his fault. His family let him live most of his life oblivious to the fact that he had been adopted - until he turned 60. By the time he tracked her down, it was too late.
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Court battle for child hurts mother and surrogate parents
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
Her brother, living in Sydney, demanded to know who the father was. When he learnt the truth of the birth, he forced her to give the child over into the care of the NSW Department of Community Services (DOCS) because he could not let his family bear the s
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Adopting a hard line on parents
www.theaustralian.com.au www.theaustralian.com.au
By law, there is nothing to stop an Australian couple from adopting a child from overseas. In practice, adopting a child from overseas is pretty near impossible.
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New South Wales Community Services Minister Linda Burney says the government will not change the law to allow same-sex couples to adopt children, because of a lack of community support.
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au
The Upper House's Law and Justice Committee has just finished an inquiry into the issue. Ms Burney says that it found there was merit in allowing same sex couples to adopt.
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Media: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia


The NSW government's failure to support adoption by same-sex couples is discriminatory and not in the best interests of the children, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby says.
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"Babies need the best parents we can provide, including role models for both sexes - male and female. Despite the nonsense you sometimes hear, men and women are different."
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Media: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia


Gay adoption ban to stay
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
The NSW State Government has decided not to allow same-sex couples to adopt, ignoring a parliamentary inquiry that said changing the law would ''ensure the best interests of children''.
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Media: Adoption Equality, Age Criteria and Cost, Australia, Gay/Lesbian - Australia


More parents adopt a positive strategy
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
An unprecedented number of foster parents are wanting to adopt their foster children since the State Government allowed carers to continue receiving hundreds of dollars in welfare payments upon adoption.
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Media: Australia, Foster Care


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