Intercountry adoption reform

Australia’s intercountry adoption reform was undertaken to strengthen processes to support the best interests of children in the adoption process, consistent with Australia’s obligation under the Hague Convention and to support Australian families wanting to adopt a child from overseas, those who had adopted a child and adoptees.

The reform comprised a range of measures including:

  • the establishment of a national service to assist families and adoptees throughout the intercountry adoption process – Intercountry Adoption Australia
  • development of other support services (LifeWorks)
  • the establishment of new intercountry adoption programs between Australia and South Africa, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia, and amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act allowing the obtainment of Australian citizenship in a child's country of origin.

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