Judges have described New Zealand’s surrogacy parentage laws as ‘creaky’ and ‘inadequate’. The Law Commission has finally proposed significant reform.
Religion was a common theme in some of the cases to come before the nine justices in the recently concluded Supreme Court term. Three experts help explain what is at stake.
While past studies have placed the proportion of child-free American adults at somewhere between 2% and 9%, a new study found that in Michigan, over 1 in 4 adults don’t want kids.
In an unanimous decision, the nine justices said the city of Philadelphia was wrong to exclude a Catholic agency from its adoption programs.
The conservative Catholic moral code that underpinned adoption in Ireland penalised vulnerable women and their children. Now a proposed new law seeks to redress the impact of this legacy of shame.
Conservative justices are redefining religious freedom to mean the protection of individuals or groups to practice their faith as they see fit, argues a constitutional law expert.
The legal order has struggled under a veil of invisibility for years. But research shows it provides better outcomes for many vulnerable children
Visits between foster children and their biological families are being disrupted and reunification hearings delayed.
Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
Society shapes people’s preferences and emphasises the value of having genetically related children.
A new study analyzes the language in nearly 680,000 pet adoption ads.
‘Simple adoption’ can preserve the identity of an adopted child by giving them a legal connection to both their birth family and their new family.
More needs to be done by the government and local authorities to recruit diverse adopters and foster carers – including Muslims.
In the US, black children wait longer to be adopted and cost less to adopt than white children.
What can the story of a lost narwhal and his beluga family tell us about interspecies adoptions?
Shared parental leave can make a huge difference to all parents – not just families with two biological parents.
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.
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.
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.