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The number of men married to each other who have children is rising following legal rulings about marriage equality. Shutterstock

How families with 2 dads raise their kids

Research reveals few differences between the parenting of gay men and their straight peers. But it looks like gay fathers could be more apt to volunteer at their children's schools.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter Lukas Coch/AAP

Politics podcast: Christian Porter on domestic violence

Christian Porter on domestic violence.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Social Services Minister Christian Porter about the government's moves on domestic violence, his thinking on welfare reform and his support for making adoption easier.
‘Millions of children in overseas orphanages … would dearly love to have parents’, claims Tony Abbott, and his government is making intercountry adoption easier. Screenshot/Intercountry Adoption Australia

Your child is missing. Would you want their adoption to be easier?

Most of the world's 'orphans' are not orphans at all and many are caught up in a global trade in meeting demand for adoption. Making intercountry adoption easier adds to the risks for these children.
Adoption should only be considered when other, less intrusive options, have been eliminated. Pavel L Photo and Video/Shutterstock

Adoption has a role in child protection but it’s no panacea

In response to the tragic death of four-year-old Chloe Valentine in South Australia, adoption has been raised as a solution to a "child protection crisis".
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pictured meeting adoption advocates, has largely ignored expert practitioners and researchers in developing his new policy. AAP/Alan Porritt

Shopping for children: Australian adoption market puts them at risk

On Sunday, January 25, Prime Minister Tony Abbott released a little more detail about his plans for adoption in Australia. Although specifics are still pretty thin on the ground, the announcement makes…
Tony Abbott has been very responsive to high-profile adoption campaigners but a deregulated, consumer-driven system increases the risks for children. AAP/Jane Dempster

Are we now shifting responsibility for adopted children offshore?

It’s not just refugees being sent overseas. Prime minister Tony Abbott is prepared to hand over Australia’s obligations towards children to countries that are not party to the 1993 Hague Convention on…
In a reminder of the risk of adoption rackets, these Nepalese orphans were rescued from a home that was profiting from supplying them for domestic work and overseas adoption. EPA/Narendra Shrestha

Changes to intercountry adoption must put children’s needs first

Prime minister Tony Abbott has released the Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Intercountry Adoption and announced changes to “enable more people to find families”, not meet children’s needs…
Problems arise when adoption becomes the goal to be achieved at all costs. Image from

Privatising adoption: easier for parents, riskier for kids

Adopting a child can be a difficult and time-consuming process, with few opportunities for local adoptions. The number of adoptions in Australia has declined steadily since the 1970s, with just 45 local…
Forced adoption mother Linda Miles poses with a photograph of herself, pregnant at the age of 18 years old. AAP/Paul Miller

How adoption went wrong in Australia, and why we’re apologising today

Today in the Great Hall of Parliament House, prime minister Julia Gillard will apologise to those affected by past forced adoption practices. This is the third national apology delivered in recent years…
We may have to apologise for intercountry adoptions in future, just as Victoria has apologised to the children of forced adoption mothers here. AAP/Paul Jeffers

The politics of ‘orphans’ and the dirty tactics of the adoption lobby

You might not have realised it, but it is Adoption Awareness Week. Every year at this time lobbyists pull out the big gun – the celebrity card - and Deborra-Lee Furness hits the airwaves. The messages…

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