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With this week being National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia, adoption has been a key word in the news, sparked by the Senate on Thursday passing a motion to speed up the number of adoptions in Australia.
Yet the number of children in Australia currently in out-of-home care stands at more than 43 000.
And the number of local adoptions in 2013-2014?
Here’s hoping the Senate motion will help improve things on that front.
Along with the difficulties involved in adoption in Australia is another issue that is gradually drawing more attention: the number of children in abusive homes who would benefit from being adopted into safe and stable homes.
The Australian published a moving extract from a book authored by Jeremy Sammut that was launched just this week: The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children.
Sammut challenges the mentality that even in instances when children are clearly being neglected and are unsafe in their family homes, the biological parents of these children are still given preference rather than removing these children and placing them into safe and loving homes. He states:
Removal would, indeed, be desirable for these children and would do them more good than harm if the use of adoption from care were not taboo and could be used to place removed children with safe, stable and permanent families.
And as Summut points out in this article, while it’s clear that Australia’s past history linked to ‘forced adoptions’ and the ‘stolen generations’ have contributed to the stigma towards adoption today, things need to drastically change. There are plenty of children who would benefit tremendously from being adopted into safe and loving homes. And as Adopt Change points out, there are plenty of families who are willing to adopt these children and provide safe and stable homes for them.
A bridge needs to be built between these two realities. Hopefully sooner rather than later.