Publication summary. View publication as a single page. Same-sex attracted parents and their children are still a small minority of Australian children and parents.
South Africa operates under the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption. South Africa acceded to the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption in August It entered into force in December
If you have ever considered adopting, start your parenting journey with Barnardos. We welcome applications from all single people and couples, including married, de facto and same sex. We hold regular sibling adoption information nights - find one in your local area.
People consider adoption for all kinds of reasons. If you are thinking about adopting a childwe can help. Some of the key objects and principles of the Adoption Act include:. Birth parents will always have a biological and emotional connection with their child, but after adoption, they stop being legally related to them.
Patricia Fronek does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. When politicians and lobbyists call for adoption reform in Australia, they often argue adoption should be easier and quicker. Adopting a child in Australia can be difficult, but whether barriers to adoption are always a bad thing is up for debate.
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. Despite same-sex adoption being legal across the entire country - and WA leading the way 16 years ago - it's far from an easy road to creating a family.
They remember the social worker who made it clear she was determined to stop "those lesbians" gaining permanent care of the child they had fostered for years. Credit: Paul Jeffers. They also recall being asked to explain how they could provide a nurturing home compared with traditional heterosexual couples.
Updated March 19, In the remote community of Hermannsburg, about kilometres west of Alice Springs, married couple Kara and Bronwyn Blair-Stuart are celebrating. The Northern Territory Parliament, overlooking the Arafura Sea in Darwin, might be a long way from the Red Centre, but a change in law has given give this married bush couple more choice.
As told to Carrol Baker February 28, Brendan and Paul realised their dream of becoming dads when they adopted brothers Aidan and Kaleb. We looked at surrogacy and overseas adoptionbut realised there were already so many kids in Australia who desperately needed loving homes.