Shared parental leave can make a huge difference to all parents – not just families with two biological parents.
Whether barriers to adoption are always a bad thing is up for debate.
We often hear that adoptions in Australia should be easier and quicker. But many safeguards in the adoption process are in place for a reason.
The number of Guatemalan children adopted by foreign parents dropped from 4,100 in 2008 to 58 in 2010, after the country drastically curtailed the practice.
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In 2005, almost 46,000 children were adopted across borders. Ten years later, just 12,000 were. The foreign adoption system is imploding, potentially putting children's lives in danger.
South Korea continues to have a problem with abandoned babies and ongoing overseas adoption despite economic growth.
The 1988 Seoul Olympics shed light on South Korea's institutionalised practice of international adoption.
It can be a destructive cycle for mothers whose children are taken into care.
Andrea Swifte as the mother in Big Heart: a nuanced and not unsympathetic performance.
Big Heart at Theatreworks questions Australia's generosity through the tale of a woman who adopts a child from five continents.
The number of men married to each other who have children is rising following legal rulings about marriage equality.
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.
The care system: too much of a revolving door.
Once a child has left care, their characteristics, the stability of their placement and how they left it influence their chances of re-entering the system.
Long-term stable foster placements can achieve similar outcomes to permanent care placements.
Victorian child protection law reforms due to come into effect next month will give parents two years from when their children are removed to lift their game, before permanently losing custody.
Cutting all links between a child and its family should be the very last option.
England has far more forced adoptions than elsewhere in Europe. Is this right?
Who is entering the care system?
Examining the data on whether the number of children in care at some point in their childhood has gone up.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter
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.
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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.
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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.
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…
How much Chinese will these adopted babies remember?
How robust are languages learned in childhood but disused later in life? A new study by researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal has found that the forgotten birth language of adoptees…
Happy families - but only 6,000 of 92,000 children in care were adopted last year.
National Adoption Week is upon us and we are again being asked to consider becoming adoptive parents to a child in care. In the past four years the week to recruit adopters has quadrupled, leading to a…
Time to leave.
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Foster carers can have a powerful impact on the lives of vulnerable children and young people. But with an average of four moves for each child in foster care, living with instability can affect them into…
Tony Abbott has been very responsive to high-profile adoption campaigners but a deregulated, consumer-driven system increases the risks for children.
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…
A mix of ingredients.
In a recent BBC documentary, celebrity chef and former model Lorraine Pascale reflected on her turbulent experience of growing up as an adopted child; a period interspersed with time spent in foster care…