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.
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.