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Should overseas adoptions be halted instead of streamlined?

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In the good old days, babies were freely available for adoption. Times have changed and the waiting lists are long. The new Federal government is intent on streamlining overseas adoption to make it an easier process. Should overseas adoptions be streamlined, or should more attention be placed on children in need in Australia?

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I feel they should be streamlined.

Yes we have our problems here in OZ.But, there has always been enough people to adopt,I know we have our own issues, but while we can still take other children....we need to find a way to help the process, become faster.
The need for parents to overseas babies is large.
I'm all for helping out, and when it comes to children and babies, that have absolutely no one.
Streamlined. There are plenty of people out there willing to have a child who find the financial and emotional stress of the current adoption process too much to bare, and plenty of children who would benefit from loving parents to care for them.
Good question. Australian parents who choose to adopt an overseas child have generally thought it through. They're generally responsible. Streamlined.
Streamlined, I think. There are always babies up for adoption in third countries. They need more help than babies here in Australia, considering their governments might not be able to take care of them.
I think there should be an emphasis on more adoption in one's own country. There are loads of children in our own country that need a loving family, and I don't see why it should be necessary to adopt children from foreign countries.

There is also a case to be made that children should be able to grow up in their homeland and own country. They might lose connections to their roots if they get taken away.
But what about when the alternative to overseas adoption is not growing up in your own country but rather dying there of disease and neglect? I saw a doco about kids in an orphanage in Eastern Europe which was so understaffed that they just left toddlers tied to their cots in puddles of their own faeces because they couldn't keep up with changing them all. No-one local was going to adopt them, and there were no resources available to care for them properly in their own country.
That is a horrible situation, but there are abused and neglected children in our own country as well. They are in need of just as much help.

I try to look at things from an objective point of view. As terrible as it is for children in impoverished countries, taking just one child away from that is not going to change things, and only increases the over population of one's own country. We should concentrate on helping the children that need help in our country first.
Taking one child away from it changes it for that one child. There's nowhere in Britain with orphanages like that.
It's very hard to adopt here. There are so many restrictions and so few people giving up babies. While it's very worthwhile to adopt an older child or a child with disabilities or a child that's been abused, not everyone is capable of coping with that. I'd have happily adopted overseas babies when I was younger. The alternative for most of them is horrendous.
by lynne
Aren't there just far fewer babies put up for adoption in Australia now?

Is the reason that overseas adoption is more popular that the children available to adopt in Australia now are mostly older children and disabled children rather than healthy, able bodied babies? If so, then I suppose there's an argument to be made that if you don't make it easier to adopt from overseas people might be more willing to take on a child here with special needs or an older child.

On the other hand, I suppose some people really do want a baby or no child at all, and far be it from me to criticise someone for not deliberately taking on an older or special needs child when they don't have to (it's different from when it just happens that way). They need love to, but I can imagine that seeming a more intimidating task than loving and caring for a brand new healthy baby. And plenty of kids in developing countries are in need of homes too.
We need to ensure that the adoption process is carefully monitored and controlled to ensure corruption does not create a bigger problem. No baby should suffer if there is a family who can care for and love it.
Australia is so multicultural now that it should be easier than ever for an overseas child to fit into an Australian family. Lots of people go back for a second child too.

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