Adoption

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Fronek, Patricia
Cuthbert, Denise
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2016
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When Australia ratified the CRC in 1990, it marked a shift in public policy and service provision to a more rights-based approach for children. The CRC would compel legislatures to ensure that domestic adoption legislation made adequate provision for the wishes of children who were old enough to voice them. Concurrently, the the adoption reform movement had already worked significant changes in both the policy and practice of domestic adoption. Former provisions for ‘secret and sealed’ adoptions which had prevailed up to the mid-1970s were challenged from several directions and parties to adoption other than adoptive parents – namely mothers and children – were accorded more rights under these reforms. Unfortunately, the rights-based reforms made to domestic adoptions in the mid 1980s were largely ignored when it came to inter-country adoption.

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© UNICEF Australia 2016 © National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) 2016. Published May 2016 Australian Child Rights Taskforce. This publication is protected by copyright. UNICEF Sustralia and NCYLC encourage the dissemination and use of this Report for personal, educative and advocacy purposes. Information or material from this publication may be downloaded, displayed, printed, and reproduced in whole or in part in any unaltered form for use for education, advocacy, research, private study, criticism, review or other non-profit purposes, provided an acknowledgement of the source is made and that any reproduction includes a copy of this original copyright and disclaimer notice. No use of this publication may be made for sale or any other commercial purpose whatsoever without prior written permission from UNICEF Australia. All other rights are reserved.

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