Adoption Australia

 

 

All comments we received till the petition closing date:

  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
  • 2 years into second application to adopt and still our file sits on a desk in Australia. We expect to wait at least 3 more years before we have another child. 5 years between children is far to long to wait. We applied for #2 as soon as we arrived in Australia with our first.
  • 2008 and all the above is still an issue....Australia should be ashamed!!!!!
  • A friend has been trying to adopt for 10 yrs & has gone through unnecessary hell within the system due to bungling & discrimination. Not on! She is the best Mum & her gorgeous bio child is living proof.
  • a good time is NOW.
  • A large number of families get divorced these days. People choosing to be single parents do not carry the extra baggage a divorce brings & inflicts on the children.
  • A single friend of ours has been trying to adopt for 10 yrs already with at least another 5yrs to wait. Would you wait 15 yrs to adopt if that was your only way to have a family? What sort of govt can allow this sort of thing to keep happening when there are so many children in need!
  • About time something happened.
  • Absolutely support this petition!
  • Action is clear and obviously needed urgently.
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  • Adopted two children 14 and 10 years ago from Colombia. It is a wonderful way to have a family for those not lucky enough to have their own children. It was easier all those years ago and quicker than it is now. It must be made simpler in Australia to begin with and the cost is prohibitive to a lot of families. There are so many children in the world in need of a family to love and support them
  • Adopting from Ethiopia. Waited 3.5 years just to be able to send our file. At least 2 more years wait in Ethiopia.
  • Adoption agencies are doing a very noble job and should be encouraged to help families that are in need of children and to be able to give another child a better quality of life and their future
    Noel
  • Adoption as it is at the moment is a scary process.
  • Adoption for Australian children should be made easier and guilt free
  • Adoption in this country should be as available as it is in the USA. Australia is a fabulous country and their are many childless couples and singles who are desperate to have families make it possible gave. These orphaned children need families and love to grow.
  • Adoption is a choice just as IVF is for couples unable to conceive naturally. The same considerations and financial funding should be made available by the Government for those choosing adoption over IVF.
  • Adoption is a hugely expensive process. Please dont discriminate with the maternity bonus just because the adoptive child is over 2 years.
  • Adoption is a part of our human rights and one of the most honourable things to do to a child. Australia should had has the means to make it easier to all that are capable.
  • Adoption laws and criteria should be uniform across all states and the process should be streamlined and costs minimised.
  • Adoption of children from overseas seems like a practical solution for western couples (either infertile or who share a philosophical view about bringing more children into an over-populated, tumultuous world) and a child brought into a world of dire poverty. I understand the cultural concerns but these can be overcome...I do feel concerned about the enormous amount of money involved and raises the issue of "buying" babies.
  • Adoption should be made easier all around.
  • Adoption should be made easier for Australian families what is the Government thinking by expecting a $1200 Australian entry visa for the adopted children when they give single unmarried mothers $5000 then have to support both mother and child for their life time.
  • Adoption should not be as difficult as the Australian authorities have made it. Other countries seem to have practices in place that work smoothly. I understand that protecting the children is vital, but adoption should be faster and uniform across ALL Australian states.
  • Adoptions should be easier and quicker for all Australians.
  • Adoptive families are penalised for their inability to have children whilst fertile parents are given significant financial support. Intercountry adoption is treated as some sort of rich peoples game not another way to make a family.
  • Adoptive families should be acknowledged as equal to families with biological children in regard to work leave benefits & entitlements.
  • Agreed with this petition.
  • AG's department to be more proactive and informative for families regarding new programs and existing programs. More options for singles.
  • All children are only on loan to parents. If we have loving caring people in our country that would like to love and raise children in need, they should be rewarded not made to jump through hurdles. I am sure the children of the world would be more than grateful.
  • All children deserve a loving home / environment
  • all children have the right to a loving family..
  • All children have the right to have a family and to be given unconditional love and care.  Australia is classed as the lucky country so why aren’t we doing everything we can to make all this happen today.
  • All families should be given the same rights
  • all kids deserve a loving home - please do what you can to help
  • All parents are equal in all ways. Please treat them as such.
  • All those children are out there just waiting for someone to love them. All those potential parents are out there waiting for a child to come to them. It shouldn't be that hard. Stop the pain and start the family making.
  • Allowing NGO's to establish adoption agencies is a win-win situation. The government will win because pressure on DOCS is relieved. A few of the 11 MILLION orphans will also win - life with a loving family.
  • Also we are tired of the poor and often rude service we receive from some staff members at our adoption service at DCP. Roll on NGO control
  • Although a citizen of the United States, I have to agree that it is most important that all citizens of Australia have clear consistent laws and rules of adoption in order to facilitate domestic and international adoption.
  • Although a signatory of the child charter, our immigration and adoption laws, and DOCS inflexible attitude in this matter must be reviewed.
  • Always too little - always too late when it comes to the life of any child
  • Am currently undergoing our second adoption whilst we are residing offshore. It is well known among the international expat community here that Australia is the most difficult bureaucracy to deal with when it comes to adoption. The best the local support group for adopting families could offer is "good luck" to the Aussies.
  • And fell into her arms,
  • Anything that can be done to quicken the process up would be excellent.
  • Anything that can help the quality of life for all children on this world - Action is imperative.
  • Approved, prospective adoptive parent (Ethiopia) in the system since November 2004. File still in Australia with at least another 3-4 year wait ahead of us.
  • approx 11 kids pa are put up for adoption in qld, and 20 times this number of suitable people register to adopt. why not allow these people to provide a loving home to a child in need whether born in Australia or not, we are all living on the same planet.
  • As a Canadian living here in Australia currently waiting on a China Referral I find it hard to believe how difficult of a process it is for my fellow Aussies. Australia needs to open itself to International Adoption as other Western nations have already done! We need more education and openness here in Australia to help couples create the family of their dreams!
  • As a chartered accountant and lawyer I visit 3rd world countries from time to time and provide infrastructure and other support for the under privileged and needy and am appalled at the number of children in orphanages desperately waiting to be adopted.
  • As a country we should come together and support each other.
  • As a defence family I have always thought it unfair that you have to register within one state and if your address changes you start with a new register. It should be Australia wide.
  • as a family member of a couple trying to adopt, there is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing beautiful children waiting for their chosen parents. Please make adoption easier. its the children who matter not the politics behind it.
  • As a family who have been waiting to adopt for several years after a decade of miscarriages and failed fertility treatment we plead for support.
  • As a gay man I’m all for it! One day I hope to adopt.
  • As a grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren adopted from overseas I implore you to make the changes needed to overseas adoption.
  • As a lucky adopted child, just want to see those less fortunate have a chance at life! Ideal to have them raised in their own culture but essential to have them actually LIVE a healthy life in another culture!
  • As a mother of 2 children, my heart goes out to all people wanting desperately to adopt children. The longing to have a child can be heart breaking, whether one's own, or an adopted child. Love knows no distinctions. I urge you to ensure adoptive families
  • As a parent of both a biological and an adopted child I firmly support equal rights in the eyes of the law for both of my children. It is completely discriminatory that one of my children should receive greater support from the government than my other child. How can the government value one child more than the another?
  • As a parent of Ethiopian born adopted son who waited for 5 years I beg you to act quickly and stop the pain of all waiting parents and children.
  • As a parent of two adopted children, one born in Korea 30 years ago and the other born in Australia of Korean/Egyptian parents - I implore you to make changes to the adoption laws to make it easier for childless couples to have the right of parenthood.
  • As a parent to two precious children from overseas I ask that the above points be given serious consideration. We wouldn't be a complete family if we didn't adopt our children and the effort and costs involved are totally unfair.
  • As a person waiting for allocation of a child from overseas, have been through the long application and waiting process, my husband and I strongly support reforms to the intercountry adoption process.
  • As a single applicant my daughter will have to move interstate to be able to adopt a child, despite being approved by SA. Please standardise the criteria!!
  • As a teacher I am aware of the high number of unwanted or mistreated children living with their biological parents. Parents who are drug addicts, involved in prostitution are often reported to DOCS and nothing is done. Surely these children deserve to be with loving parents. These children should be taken off their abusive parents and be adopted out into loving homes.
  • As above - speed up the whole adoption process, so that people who really would like to adopt and are suitable to adopt can do so.
  • As adoptive parents we are in need of the establishment of new programs and of extending the quotas of current programs.
  • As an adopted child I feel blessed to have such a wonderful family. Unlikely to have children of our own, we would love to adopt but of course the outdated process needs to be made more affordable, timely and streamlined, otherwise we may miss the opportunity to have a family.
  • As an adopted child who is now 50 years old, there is not a day that goes by where I do not give thanks for the opportunities my adoption has afforded me.
  • As an adoptee, all these changes should be put it in place as soon as possible
  • As an adopting mother I found the adoption process extremely long and not in the best interest of the child at all. How can it be when it took 1 year from allocation to travel to get our son? The whole system needs overhauling and quickly!
  • As an adoptive Mother, I know the joy that adoption can bring. In our case it took 5 years for our adoption to be completed. Meanwhile our son waited in an orphanage for 5 years for a family to adopt him. There doesn't seem a lot of sense in that.
  • As an adoptive parent and prospective adoptive parent I fully endorse these recommendations.
    Regards Laureen Chivell
  • As an adoptive parent I feel strongly about these issues, especially time and cost.
  • As an adoptive parent I have experienced the difficulty and emotional stress involved in being "approved" to be a parent. The approval system has become even more drawn out and complicated and whilst the well-being and stability of every child must be paramount, I do not believe a child is better off in long-term institutionalised care than in a loving family.
  • As an adoptive parent it is frustrating to see so many children in need of a loving family and so many wanting to bring these children into their families. We would love a sibling for our adoptive daughter but with a wait of 5 years+ expected who knows if this will ever happen.
  • As an adoptive parent of 4 children, I support this petition.
  • As an adoptive parent who has been through the State Government process in WA I fully support your petition. GOOD LUCK!!!
  • As an adoptive parent who has been through the system, things have not improved, costs & waiting times have increased, & the NSW Government department appears to only work on Intercountry Adoptions on a part-time basis. Every child has the right to a loving family. Its time for a change.
  • As an adoptive parent, I am particularly concerned about the lack of funding support for NGOs to set up adoption agencies. Without the NGOs, there is limited adoption.
  • As an Australian citizen, born in Ethiopia, I feel as though the Australian government needs to be open minded about this issue. I have close family friends who have adopted 2 wonderful Ethiopia kids and as a result their lives have changed dramatically, for the better. Putting politics aside, what is wrong in doing that?
  • As an Australian I am embarrassed that we as a nation have the 2nd lowest adoption rate in the developed world!
    This issue needs much needed attention!!!
  • As an overseas-adopted child, I am blessed with the opportunity my loving family have given me with my life here in Australia. There are many people within Australia who are unable to have children would love to adopt, however due to the costs, restrictions and government regulations it is very difficult. Why when these people are with open arms to bring a homeless child into their lives.
  • As I was an adopted child myself, I know how important it is for prospective adoptive parents to have the process of adoption made faster, allowing for unwanted children to be given homes where they will be loved and wanted.
  • As parents of a child that we adopted over the age of two, and waiting for a second allocation, again over the age of two, passing this bill as a matter of equity and fairness is a HUGE issue for us!
  • As promised prior to the election, the Federal Government should remove the age limit for adopted children in relation to the maternity allowance. (Recommendation 9 of Standing Committee on Family and Human Services report Nov 2005)
  • As prospective adoptive parents we sincerely hope that some changes are made.
  • As someone once said since when has adoption become such a dirty word in this country. The govt should also not be afraid to make children who are in foster care available for adoption. Why should children suffer anymore just because they were born to parents who can’t look after  them.
  • As someone who has travelled quite a few times to the developing world and need the need and also as someone who has been blessed by international adoption, albeit when the process was much simpler and cheaper.
  • As the 98 year old future great grandmother of my granddaughter's adopted Ethiopian child, for whom we have been waiting for several years now, I hope the government will do all in its power to speed up the overseas adoption process. Please help us.
  • As the grandmother of an intercountry adopted beautiful little girl I have experienced the happiness it has brought to our family but the wait was 5 years, far too long and expensive. To adopt another child, another 5 years. Please Mr Rudd take a good look at the whole intercountry adoption process. It needs fixing.
  • As well as all the above, I strongly believe that there should be better support for adopting families and their children for after they arrive in Australia (eg. language learning, counselling as required, initial medical tests. It is not enough to have such a stringent process to facilitate adoption and then to let families struggle afterwards. This is inconsistent and irresponsible.
  • Australia has a very poor record on support for underdeveloped countries. Adoption is another area where we fall down. There needs to be some action taken to show Australians are being responsible with the incredible advantages our country affords us.
  • Australia has the 2nd lowest adoption rate in the developed world, please make a change to decrease the waiting times. We have a 5 year wait for our adoption as the waiting times are now the longest they have ever been. Make a difference to children around
  • Australia is lucky enough to be a 1st world country & dont we need an increase in population. So lets help the Aussies that want to help the less fortunate kids around the world.
  • Australia is not a backward nation so why is our inter-country adoption process so inferior to those in other developed countries?
  • Australia is such a great country and much to offer the younger generation. It is very sad indeed to see those many Australian childless couples longing to have children and give those under privileged children a future.
  • Australia needs to act with compassion and action for these children and families.
  • Australia needs to do more to facilitate adoption
  • Australia needs to get past the idea that leaving an orphaned child in their community/culture is more important than them having a family. Every child needs to feel loved and wanted and be part of a family regardless of race, culture etc.
  • Australia should acknowledge there are all types of blended families these days & let singles adopt form all states.
  • Australia should be comparable to other Western nations in its treatment of adoptive families. Time is so important for those who have dealt with infertility.
  • Australia should be giving orphaned, destitute and abandoned children the opportunity to live in Australia and be raised by a loving family instead for spending their life in an institution.
  • Australia wants more population, what better way than to bring children without hope of a future, into our land to grow up AS Australians with an Australian family support base .... and solve some couples childlessness at the same time.
  • Australia, where is your heart? Abandoned, relinquished and special needs children all over the world need a home and love. Why do bureaucrats block the processes and deny these children what they deserve? Now is the time for action - the talking has been done to death.
  • Australian couples should be helped in any way possible to enable them the pleasure of raising children. There are so many needy children throughout the world who would benefit from changes to the outdated Australian system.
  • Australian politicians should look at the orphaned children of the world and the wonderful parents available in Australia. Wouldn't this be a much wiser way to increase our population and much safer than what they are now doing?
  • Australian society will never see adoptive families as 'real' families until the Fed. and State Governments stop discriminating against them. Birth families receive far more in benefits through Medicare and leave entitlements than any adoptive family. Doe
  • Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries. We are a rich country and want to help these poor unfortunate children who are suffering through no fault of their own
  • Australians should have a CHOICE on who they want to adopt, particularly with a growing population of couples not deciding to have children until later in life, and then discovering they are unable to conceive.
  • Australia's low adoption rate speaks for itself. Our government makes it too hard and too expensive for many wonderful families to give a child a much needed home.
  • Australia's overseas adoption process is a mine-field for prospective parents. Why? Children need families to flourish. I cannot comprehend how such a generous and prosperous country such as Australia could make this process so very difficult. When there are willing, approved parents waiting for children to nurture, care for and love why are there children without proper homes? Why are there children growing up in institutions? It isn't right.
  • Because it is so hard to adopt a child or children in Australia, the government should make it easier to adopt in another country. There are so many children in orphanages in 3rd world countries that would find a loving home here in Australia.
  • Because the adoption process is so long and so expensive it has excluded many people. It has been this delay and expense that has prevented many of those who have already adopted one child from adopting another so that sibling relationships can be formed. Also because of the huge expense involved many of us have placed ourselves under enormous financial burdens so that we could adopt, for example by refinancing mortgages.
  • Because the Government now pay young girls to keep their babies, there are none put up for adoption. So adoption outside this country should be made easier, and more quickly. These families are willing give a child a life. Everyone should have the right to a family.
  • Being faced with the possibility of adoption being our only way of becoming parents we were totally dismayed with the slow and dismal outcome of adoptions in Australia
  • better to live here than die there
  • Bring these poor helpless children into loving Aussie families. It is the Aussie way!
  • Can we start with making maternity leave equal for both natural births and for adoption!
  • Change the legislation people!
  • Children are precious and the gift of family to both parents and children is a beautiful thing. Spread the love, help kids and ensure a better future for all.
  • Children need a home with people who really care and need them so please do something for these children before its too late for them.
  • Children need love and good homes. Allow us to provide for them.
  • Children should be given the opportunity to be raised in a family environment, not matter where they are from.
  • Come on - get your act together. This is too important an issue to stuff around on!  Great petition -  makes total sense, let's get some long overdue action!!
  • Come on Australia do something about our abysmal intercountry adoption numbers
  • Come on Mr Rudd add this important issue to your list of priorities. It is disgraceful this day and age couples have to go through so much red tape and wait so long.
  • Coming from a third world country myself where the culture is not very open to adoption, it pains me to see beautiful children land up on the streets begging b/c orphanages & shelters are overflowing due to countries like Australia that are not intercountry adoption friendly!
  • do the right thing
  • Don’t let sad little orphans suffer a minute longer. Don't let wanting parents wait unnecessarily
  • Don't make it hard for people who want to give children a home and a family life...
  • Ethiopian Princess with Ethiopian Brother - desperately waiting for her siblings from Ethiopia - approved file is over 2 years old and will not likely get sisters home for 3 more years!
    PLEASE HELP OUR FAMILY!
  • Every child deserves the best chances in life.
  • Every child deserves to have a loving family
  • every child on this earth deserves the opportunity to experience at least one parent.
  • Every child should have the right to be raised by loving parents.
  • Everybody that ever wanted as child should be able to have and experience the enrichment in their lives of loving and caring for another human being.
  • Everyone deserves a chance at happiness!
  • Everyone has a right if they wish to adopt a child, and they shouldn't be forced to wait so long especially as they are paying to give the child a better life
  • Everyone should be able to adopt & Australia should have agreements with many more countries.
  • Everyone should be able to adopt. Australia needs more bilateral agreements with many more countries. We can't adopt from our own country. Stop wasting time revisiting Asian countries - go to Russia.
  • Families are adversely affected by the slowness of this process. Please improve the policy that underpins this public service.
  • Families needing children, children needing families. Shouldn't be so hard and so expensive.
  • Family life forms the basis of the Australian community.
  • In times where there are so many needy children desperately needing the support and guidance of a family, the Australian people should be encouraged to take these vulnerable youngsters to heart. If we are ever to be part of the action to build a truly united, accepting and valuing world to hand to the next generation then Australia should be playing a lead role in exposing and actioning the truly Australian values of family and mateship.
  • Father to a son adopted from South Korea and currently awaiting referral from China.
  • Federal govt should provide an equivalent support to adoptive families as they do to birth families. That means offset for costs, baby bonus etc.
  • Finalisation of the adoption process - ie to formally adopt should be a formality of FACS and should not involve a court case- as all criteria have already been fulfilled.
  • For a progressive country, Australia is highly recessive in terms of its adoption policies. Why can't we adopt Australian children being abused & under the so-called watch of Human Services? What life do these poor children have?
  • for goodness sake australia get real about positively allowing adoption of overseas kids to australia - we owe it to the world
  • For Heavens Sake! What is the problem????
  • For many of us, adoption is our only chance to have a family. Please help make the process quicker, and less expensive. We ask for a standardised process across Australia, and we plead with you to increase the number of children who are adopted into Australian families each year. We don't expect adoption to be easy, just less difficult. Thank you
  • For those that can't but need
  • Fully support the need to treat adoptive parents and children they adopt the same as other parents with children born in Australia.  In addition the benefit to the child on humanitarian grounds through early intervention and the provision of love, compassion and developmental/educational opportunities. As a grandfather to an adopted child from overseas I witnessed the trials to the parents under the present system and beauty of the outcomes for my granddaughter.
  • Get off your behinds govt!
  • Give children who are doomed to a life of misery without family, love and proper care, a chance to have better lives with parents who would love them and offer them stability and love.
  • Give more families the opportunities they have a right to - they are the ones that truly want children. don't make it harder, make it easy.
  • Give overseas adopted children the same rights as Australian born adopted children- make them entitled to all bonuses and payments- and help make the process easier!!!!!
  • Give people a fair go.
  • Give singles the same opportunities as couples. Statistics show singles often make better parents than couples.
  • GIVE THE CHILDREN A CHANCE SO THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE LOVED AND CARED FOR.
  • Give these dear little Angels a loving home instead a life of poverty.
  • Given the number of children STILL requiring families and the multicultural nature of our society, it is more than time that Australia introduces The Waiting Child Programme and gives adopting families the same privileges as birth families with respect to child allowances.
  • Good luck
  • Good luck - I hope this helps get the urgent issues addressed and resolved.
  • Good luck and were all thinking of you.
  • GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE HOPING TO ADOPT.
  • Good luck to everybody trying to adopt from overseas. I hope it changes to make it easier in the future.
  • Good luck with it all would be wonderful to see a change!
  • great cause and happy to help. i will pass this on to friends and hopefully they will also pass it on.
  • Have a heart, put families first!!!!
  • Have some compassion and please change the rules
  • Having 2 close relatives involved with the adoption programme and knowing how distressed they have been due to delays I urge the government to improve the service.
  • Having adopted two children 22yrs & 17 yrs ago I would like to see the process become more streamlined & made more affordable to couples, particularly those who have already exhausted all other avenues often at great expense prior to considering adoption.
  • Having been through the adoption process I fully support all these changes
  • Having children in orphanages like they are presently in some countries is akin to child abuse. they did not choose to be there so lets get together and make a difference!!
  • Having experienced an orphanage in South Africa, were the children have very little chance of being adopted, it seems sad that when there are so many childless couples who would love to adopt a child, it has been made so difficult to adopt children from other countries. Why not show some compassion and give a child a chance to have a loving home with parents to care for him/her.
  • Having had close relatives adopt a child from overseas I have seen first hand how she has enriched all of our lives especially those of her adoptive parents. It is difficult to understand why this process is made so difficult purely by red tape when there are so many loving families so willing to change for the better the life of an orphaned or abandoned child.
  • Having lost 10 babies and now to be told we have to wait 5 to 6 years to adopt, which will also make us out of age for adoption regulations. It's crazy.
  • Having seen the hurdles that potential adoptive families must jump through for intercountry adoptions, I believe that the system needs to be reassessed, and caseworkers specialising in intercountry adoption need to be trained and used to facilitate the process.
  • Having seen what people go through in an effort to adopt I think anything the government can do to help would be much appreciated and of course we should also think of the children.
    kevin
  • Having undertaken the process in both the UK and NSW, we have found the process here very disempowering with unreasonable and unnecessary control at govt state level. Our UK experience was extremely positive and productive and our NSW experience negative and totally focussed on govt control.
  • Having watched close friends wait for years through the adoption process, it is horrifying to learn that Australia has one of the lowest adoption rates. We must do something to change this situation.
  • Having witnessed first hand my friend and her husband trying to adopt in QLD, it has taken 7 years and they are still waiting. This is not due to their unsuitability - they have passed all investigations - It is due to the ridiculously high waitlists, lack-lustre processes, lack of investment by govt, lack of resources and a simply "tough luck" attitude - all while families could be connected and children could be in loving homes
  • Help our parents achieve their family - why let bureaucracy stand in the way of population growth and children's well being.
  • Helping to ease this crisis would end the pain and suffering of children desperate for a home and also of those couples wishing to raise a child as their own.
  • Hey, just do it people. Kevin would.
  • hi, i was actually adopted myself, if there are babies that need homes and there are people who are waiting, then why does it take so long?
  • Hi, We looked into adoption a number of years ago and were greatly dismayed by the obstacles to our family adopting. We are opposed to families with their own biological children being excluded; a stable family with happy children has much to offer the adopted child/ren.
  • Hope this helps change the current disgraceful situation, my wife & I want to adopt in the future not b/c we can't have kids but b/c this planet & third world countries are overflowing with orphans who need homes and a future they deserve. Good luck.
  • Hope this is of some help for your endeavours David/Lisa. Cheers Cath/Jack.
  • How can the Australian Govt prevent so many orphan children the chance to be adopted into caring Australian families by creating so many stumbling block to overseas adoption!!!
  • How can we continue to let so many children suffer, when there are so many people willing to look after them? The process should not be so difficult to help someone in need!
  • How can we let this happen - we need to give these kids a chance!!!
  • How is it that Australia has the second lowest adoption rate in the world? We are the lucky country!! We should be making it easier for those seeking to offer an opportunity to a less fortunate human being to have a happy, healthy and loving life.
  • How much culture and nurturing does a child get in an orphanage? Place these children with families that will help them remember their culture but give them the single most important thing they need: Love.
  • I adopted my beautiful daughter from Ethiopia 2 years ago. Anyone who had visited a third world orphanage and seen the suffering and deprivation of the children can only wonder at the lack of proactive initiative of our governments. We are not looking to take underprivileged children from the haven of loving families. There are so many children who need to be given another chance to have the love and security our Australian born children receive as a birthright.
  • I agree the Federal Government should make it easier for children to be adopted into Australian families.
  • I agree to the petition
  • I agree with all the above recommendations. Adoption is a win-win-win situation: for the children, the adopting family and Australian society. The Australian government should make adoption easier and less expensive, accessible to all who feel they wish to adopt.
  • I agree with all the requests. And my particular wish is for an Australian birth certificate for my daughter.
  • I agree with the above and would like to add my name to this petition.
  • I agree with the proposed changes listed for Australia's adoption policies.
  • I am a full time foster carer for 2 children who are ward of the state I would like to adopt them so they can legally be part of our family.
  • I am a parent to 2 adopted children (aged 4 and 5) adopted in 2006 from Colombia, and have first-hand knowledge of the relevance and significance of each of the above concerns. I have insight into overseas processes and current developments, being a fluent Spanish speaker, and could assist the Government in investigating any of the above issues further. I am a member of AFC but do not hold any office in that organisation.
  • I am a single applicant through the intercountry adoption program and applied in 2004. After waiting four years I am currently facing a further three or more years wait for an adoptive child from China as this was virtually the only country option I have
  • I am a single mother to two children, both adopted from Cambodia while I was living overseas as an expatriate Australian. It is devastating that so many children live out sorry lives in orphanages around the world while potential loving parents sit waiting in queues.
  • I am adopted, and I love my adopted parents... and I may very well have to adopt myself, but I know it will be hard in AUSTRALIA, as I am 29 already. It worries me, as I so want to be a mother
  • I am an adopted child and understand the value of having opportunities that would not have been mine. I have a friend that has been waiting for 3 years and will lose the opportunity to adopt a second child.
  • I am an adoptive mother with one daughter who has been home for five years now. We are waiting for her little brother or sister. The wait has been too, too long ...although of course the expected outcome is enough reward.
  • I am an adoptive parent of a boy from Ethiopia. My one regret is that the system is so slow, expensive and unnecessarily bureaucratic that my wife and I were only able to adopt once.
  • I am an Australian citizen living abroad in California USA so that I can adopt children. I have one adoption so far. I will return home to Sth Australia when I have adopted more children.
  • I am appalled by the difficulties faced by decent families who wish to adopt children who would otherwise fail tho thrive. I've personally come across tiny babies during my travels who are a shell because there is no-one to just pick them up for a simple cuddle.
    These children need families & there are many Australian families who are desperate to adopt children.
    Please fix this.
  • I am at the start of the adoption process, please help make my journey a quick and painless one, not just for myself but also for my to be child.
  • I am blessed to have an adopted child and would dearly love more. So far it has taken me eight years, and I have done everything I can do in the quickest time. Please help us!
  • I am infertile. If adoption was easier, shorter and less expensive, I may have a family today. This has to change.
  • I am keen to adopt a child at some point in the future. If things were easier and I was able to get the child whilst they were still a baby instead of waiting till they were 2 or so years old, it would be such a blessing. You miss so much of their learning and development in the early years and you can never get this back.
  • I am proud to be a Guatemalan Australian, and I have been waiting for a little brother or sister for three years.
  • I am signing this, as I believe there is a need for the federal government to re-evaluate the overseas adoption process - so needed children can be homed and cared for by families in Australia.
  • I am sister to a couple waiting for allocation for the second time after a lengthy process. It would be wonderful for these people to be part of a much speedier process to avoid anxiety and to be able to create a family closer in age.
  • I am the prospective grandmother of an adopted Ethiopian child and my daughter and I have been waiting about four years for the adoption to happen. This is far too long and emotionally exhausting for us all. Please find ways to alleviate this problem. Thank you.
  • I am thrilled that I have been privileged to be a Grandmother to my Korean Grandson. He is a joy ,buuuut I also see the stress and unhappiness that this second adoption has bought to my family. So far it has been 21/2 years in waiting with no end in sight
  • I believe adoption should be made so much easier for families who are willing to adopt. I am one of these families.
  • I believe local and intercountry adoption need to be improved holistically. We have been caught up in the red tape with local and disappointed with delays in intercountry. There are not many options left for those who would love to have a family but, are
  • I believe our new Australian government is one of compassion. Let it demonstrate this by cutting the red tape and allowing those who have the love and means to help the most helpless in our world, children who have been homeless and with out a family
  • I believe that Australia has an anti-adoption culture.  Many families feel emotionally battered and bruised from the 'assessment' process and the years of 'waiting' in line. We need to move past this and foster a positive, honest and transparent system.
  • I believe that many more couples would adopt internationally but are put off by the process. Making the process easier and less intensive does not equate to lowering standards.
  • I believe that single parents, unless the only living relative should be allowed to adopt children. I was adopted at the age of 3, and we adopted my younger brother at 9 months. I believe a child should have two parents (I male, I female) and if they want grow up and decide for themselves to be follow a gay lifestyle so be it.
  • I believe that the adoption process is too long for Australian families.
  • I believe that the government has the responsibility, as the leaders of a free democracy to extend the hand of freedom to these small lives that without the hearts and finances of loving people here in our country, will never get the chance to live to their full potential.
  • I believe that the hoops that prospective adoptive parents have to go through are just ridiculous and yet we are willing to pay taxpayer money to all and sundry who get pregnant with no thought of how they will afford to raise the child they bring into the world. There has to be a better way. Those who decide to adopt have usually exhausted all other means of having children.
  • I believe the current system is not in anyone’s interests and change is needed ASAP.
  • I believe the system could only be fairer and quicker. This Federal system will work if all employees are thoroughly screened for any anti-adoption opinions.
  • I believe we should be able to help all children
    no matter the circumstances. Rich or Poor
  • I call on the Federal Government to make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
  • I can have a child naturally but I also know there are a lot of loving parents out there who cant so give them a chance no one wants these kids so give them to some 1 who does some 1 who will love them take care of them and cherish there every step. Have a heart give a child a home.
  • I can’t understand why there are so few countries we can adopt from. No logic when so many countries adopt out. We have identified around 16 countries we should get agreements with!
  • I can't understand why it is so hard for good people to adopt? I am an orphan (now in my 70's) & I was in institutions for most of my younger life. No child should go through the horrors I went through.
  • I commend the recommendations in this petition. We have been lucky enough to adopt our cherished daughter from China.  Others should have the opportunity to create a home for the abandoned and orphaned children of the world.  The negative image of adoption makes it very difficult for adoptive families and makes rules difficult to change but everyone would agree that allowing a child a family is infinitely better than leaving them in an orphanage or having them live on the streets. Please give these children and potential parents a chance to be as happy as we are.
  • I completely support this petition, and think that these changes to international adoption policies need to be changed!
  • I cry for my friend you want a baby so badly, she has jumped through many hoops, some many times over. It is time!
  • I definitely support this. We are blessed to have so much and its time we gave a little something back to those not so fortunate.
  • I don't see why the federal government cant make it less restricting for people who want to adopt children. Child adoption is a beautiful thing and she government should make it easier for people.
  • I feel that adoption policy by a government should reflect a humanitarian goal most of all. Within the current policy, one can't help but to feel a certain degree of children being seen as commodities, where government is trying to get a cut of 'profits by the rich', rather like an import duty. While this may be a rather harsh evaluation of current policy, I would be much happier to see at least some of these recommendations adopted by the federal government to reflect more compassion towards this issue.
  • I find it difficult to understand the differences between people's experiences in only one state, and the amazing disparity between states, what each state is telling their stakeholders. We need to approach countries from a position of unity .
  • I find it disgusting that people has to wait 7 years for an adopted child from overseas. Some changes need to be made urgently to the slackness of our governments attitude. They will tell people it's in the best interest of the child - that is just rubbish, and their way of doing even less work, so they can fit in another cup of coffee - a bunch of corrupt, lazy bastards and cold hard bitches!!!!!!!!
  • I find it very difficult to believe that so many desperate children & so many desperate childless people cannot be brought together. Please break down the red tape & bring some joy to them all.
  • I fully endorse this petition and personally know of couples who are desperate to be able to adopt a child. Please help them.
  • I fully support a review of the adoption process in Australia.
  • I fully support adoption though buying babies from overseas does not get my full support. Some super think they can just buy a child when there are most likely many more needy couples who are likely to make much better parents than those who may have cash to provide the love they dream of.
     I wish you all success in your campaign
    Eric
  • I fully support and endorse this petition.
  • I fully support his resolution to make adoptions easier. Children are our future.
  • I fully support the contentions of this petition.
  • i fully support the efforts of this petition to be worthy, invaluable and much needed action on this issue. I only hope that the Australian government can equally support this issue
  • I fully support the idea of making it easier for parents to adopt children from overseas.
  • I fully support the petition
  • I fully support this petition and what it stands for.
  • I fully support this petition to enable the outstanding families and children who are affected by this legislation to proceed with adoption without unnecessary expenses and without any further difficulty.
  • I have 2 adopted daughters from Korea who are active, productive Australians now.
  • I have 2 beautiful daughters & have, in January this year, become the proud grandmother of twins. I would love to think that anyone who is eligible & capable & has the love to give to a child should be able to adopt.
  • I have a biological child and will have an adopted child they are the same thing they are both my children and should be considered so in every aspect. To do any less than this is a disgrace and a poor reflection of our society in general.
  • I have adopted a little girl from China as a single mum - I would dearly love to be adopting another child - however it will take me between 5 and 7 years to do so by which time I will be 48 - 50 years old. An unacceptable length of time. There are too few countries to choose from - especially as they all have different criteria. Check out where Americans can adopt from - it is mind boggling compared to Australians.
  • I have an adopted sister and what my parents had to go through is not fair.  It needs to be made easier to help all the children waiting to be adopted.
  • I have an adoptive daughter from China and whilst my file has been in China for over a year, I now am faced to the reality that if new systems and intercountry adoption programs are not put into place, there will no viable way for my daughter to ever have a sibling.
  • I have been waiting for 10 yrs for my daughter to be referred a child, with at least another 4-5 yrs to wait. I have seen a lot of unethical & misleading dealings from the govt dept purely because my daughter is single. She is an excellent mother & human
  • I have daughter from Colombia, Alejandra. It took us 5 years to hold her and make her ours. We have been in the process to adopt our 2nd child; we are into our 5th year of waiting - why? I'm not worried about my welfare but why does a poor innocent child have to wait to be held, loved and be a vital person in a family. It's so not about me anymore - it is about the children - who is looking out for them. It shouldn't be this hard!!!! Feel free to call because I'm living proof of how hard the adoption process is in within Australia - I thought that we were a 1st world country - why do we have such poor/undeveloped systems within our adoption process????????
  • I have family in Australia who are trying to adopt from China. The child would be going to a loving home, but because of certain laws it is making it so much harder to do that
  • I have friends that have adopted 2 children from overseas and I understand the plight these people went through to adopt children.
  • I have friends that have been waiting to adopt a child in China for 3yrs already their paperwork has been sent and they have been told they wont see their child till 2010 or 2011, this is ridiculous, when so many children are in need of parents! Please help my friends and others like them - they are all good people that want to have a family and this is their only way!
  • I have friends who would be wonderful parents who are trying to adopt an orphaned child from overseas. They have already been waiting years, and expect to wait many more - it must get easier!
  • I have full time permanent care of 2 foster children (they are ward of the state) I would like to be able to adopt them so they can legally be part of the family
  • I have just become a grandmother to a precious little 2 year old boy from Ethiopia. I would really love more grandchildren but having to wait another 6 years may not make it possible. We have got so much love to give to these children.
  • I have just become an aunt after my sister and her husband have adopted a little boy from Ethiopia after 6 long years of waiting. We would love for him to have a sibling - it won’t happen if they have to wait another 6 years.
  • I have personally be involved with a good friend who is single and now aged 42. She has been waiting for 6 years with still no advice on anticipated date - she is just part of a guessing game. The current system does not appear to be working with DOCS - needs to be with a private agency once the process (social workers) have approved the applicant as a suitable candidate. It is just taking too long via the DOCS process with very little support from them during the long waiting process. Basically a Bureaucratic nightmare!
  • I have seen close friends, already traumatised by fertility problems and multiple miscarriages, going through further hardship as they navigate the delays and inconsistencies of the international adoption process. It shouldn't be this hard for people who just want to love and raise children.
  • I have seen first hand the wonderful opportunities offered to overseas children by Australian adoptive families and individuals. Please make this path easier for those families who are unable to have their own children and can offer a nurturing home for some of these children.
  • I have seen friends over the years adopt children from overseas and how happy they have become. Then there are my friends who have been waiting for years to adopt, please hurry up, my friends deserve to be happy too.
  • I have seen how happy couples are when they are united with a much wanted adoptive child, and how difficult it is for them to complete the process, let’s do the right thing by these couples and the children who deserve a better life....
  • I have two natural children, but many women, and families, cannot physically have children, even though they are mature, and financially stable. Children are the future of this country, and the Federal Government supports families. Adoption should be easier, and less expensive, and more inclusive of countries facing hardship.
  • I have watched my dear friends, unable to have children experience the highs and lows of the adoption process. Whilst the outcome of adoption is exceptional the bifurcati process is appalling and must be ammended. The process is unnecessarily expensive, stressful and inefficient. Whilst these children wait in an orphanage for a loving home. Surely as a country we can offer a much better system to bring parents and children together.
  • I have watched several of my friends suffer through the adoption process, and one is currently in 'the system' with a likely 8 years to wait for an adopted child. This seems amazing given the number of children needing a good Mum in the world, and it is very sad that a U.S. family can adopt in a far shorter period. Aussies are so good at many things.....why can't we getter a lot better at adoption!!!
    In frustration for my friends,
    Verlie Anthony
  • I hope as many people as possible from all areas of our community get behind this effort to streamline the redtape and waiting times (notwithstanding the necessary legal requirements)and bring online as many as possible new countries to adopt from.
  • I hope this conveys the enormity of feeling for the families who so passionately need to have a process that is compassionate and responds to their needs AND those of the little ones who also need our adoptive families. NOW is the magic word.
  • I just do not understand why overseas adoption takes so long here in Australia... particularly when you see the “celebrity world” seemingly experiencing no difficulty at all. Why the red tape when there are so many children in desperate need?
  • I knew of a lady that had to take like 6 months off of work to be able to fill in the paperwork and with all the legal requirements to be able to adopt a child and give that child a loving home. The laws should be made simpler to help these loving people that are kind enough to open their homes and hearts to kids in need.
  • I know a wonderful couple that would make fantastic parents who live in Canberra. From talking to them, the adoption legislation needs to be updated. eg: they can't adopt for another two years if they were to move to Sydney from Canberra because the legislation changes from State to State - this an absolutely ridiculous scenario - we are one country!
  • I know it is important to make sure these children are going to loving supportive homes but the process is excessively intrusive and financially prohibitive.
    Waiting times are ludicrously long.
  • I know many people who cannot have children and would love to adopt and overseas child but are too old to adopt through our systems now.
  • I know of several people, friends of mine who have adopted children from overseas. Those children are happy, well-balanced, and extremely well cared but more importantly, greatly loved. I hope my signature will help to bring orphaned children into more loving homes.
  • I know some couples who have gone down the road of adoption and it seems to be a long hard road to give a needy child a safe healthy home, this i do not understand and believe there must be a better way.
  • I know the pain and utter frustration my friends went through during their 2 adoptions. Get rid of the bureaucracy for the sake of the kids and their families.
  • I obviously endorse all of the above and hope for speedy changes in order to make the whole process fairer.
  • I provide my support for this petition.
  • I really get tired of hearing the government departments say they are doing it for "the best interest for the child". Every child deserves a family, and the world is full of children needing a loving family and home, so why be so anti-adoption, and make it hard for families.
  • I really hate how bureaucracy gets in the way of people who are willing to give children a better life...Lets do it for the kids.
  • I strongly agree with the arguments above, having been the joyous recipient of an adorable brother.
  • I strongly endorse the calls to reform this system as a waiting parent of over seven years
  • I strongly endorse the petition
  • I strongly recommend that the Federal Government make it a lot easier and cheaper for Australian families to adopt overseas children into Australia.
    I am speaking from experience as my husband and I adopted two Australian children in the early 70's, as this is not so easy these days my son and his wife had to apply overseas to have their family, and this took over three years for each child and a vast sum of money which they needed to do to get the lovely grandchildren I now have.
  • I strongly support all the above.
  • I strongly support an improvement in the process for international adoptions to speed up the process, reduce the cost and expand the number of countries involved.
  • I strongly support an improvement in the process for international adoptions to speed up the process, reduce the cost and expand the number of countries involved.
  • I support all efforts to make it EASIER for Australian families to adopt either within Australia or overseas babies/children. Also, that the process would be quick and efficient.
  • I support any effort that families can adopt orphan children.
  • I support any initiative that allows children to be adopted into safe and loving homes.
  • I support any measures that can facilitate a quicker process once approval to adopt has been given.
  • I support fully the above recommendations. My husband and I have been in the process in Qld for over 3 years and we are still waiting for our children from the Philippines. The Bishop Report have thoroughly investigated all matters regarding adoption, therefore the recommendations should be an automatic process.
  • I support the aim of this petition
  • I support the petition for adoption process to be simplified.
  • I support the petition seeking an easing of the restrictions on intercountry adoption, and urge Parliamentarians to work towards the same.
  • I support the petition that Australian couples and singles wishing to adopt should have access to more countries which will hopefully then reduce waiting lists and make the process quicker
  • I support the petition to try and make Australia and SA equal with other states and countries with the overseas adoption process. There are so many families wanting to adopt and give good homes to unwanted children, we should put these children first and have their best interests at heart.
  • I support the reform of Adoption processes in Australia, and urge you to respond to the needs of parents and children,

    Josephine Wilson
  • I support the suggested changes outlined.
  • I support these Australians trying to adopt a child or children from another country.
  • I support this adoption issue, and trust that Australia's laws will change very soon.
  • I support this family alternative, particularly given Government will readily pay women to birth children naturally, but hesitate to streamline alternative avenues such as Adoption.
  • I support this petition.
  • I support this petition. As an adoptive parent adopting again, we are going through the lengthy and laborious process with months of unnecessary waiting between stages, in the US we would have our 2nd son by now.
  • I think adoption is a great for two reasons.
    1. As an alternative for infertile parents, and in some ways more importantly,
    2. A wonderful way to help out poorer children around the world.
  • I think ICA seriously needs work, there are children who need families and great Australian families who want to welcome those children into their homes.
  • I think it is a joke - my brother and sister in law have been trying to adopt for the last 5 years
  • I think it is disgraceful that so many needy children overseas are being denied loving homes in Australia due to excessive red tape, costs and bureaucrats. Instead they are left to starve and die. ACT NOW PLEASE!
  • I think it is good idea to adopt kids. There will two benefit the first one is people can not get their own kids due medical reason can enjoy their parenthood by adopting a child and 2nd one is one child's life will improve by good parents.
  • I think it is totally absurd that families have to wait 5 years to adopt when there are thousands of children waiting for a home. What a joke!!!
  • I think it is tragic that so many children are available for adoption overseas and that it takes so much red-tape and lots of money to adopt these children. The money is prohibitive to many couples I know. It should be made easier, quicker and cheaper.
  • I think that we really need to make some changes so that adoption is a much smoother & fairer & quicker process. Particularly abolish the age restriction on the maternity bonus! Adoption is expensive, but still a very valid way to form a family.
  • I think the government needs to work with adoptive families to ensure the best outcome for the children
  • I think the State Governments should work together to make waiting times quicker and costs equal and inexpensive for young couples adopting from overseas.
  • I totally endorse this petition. I only hope these positive changes can happen.
  • I totally support this petition, as Adoptive families need far more support, our Gov't does very little at present, when they have so much power to make real difference. Children need forever families!
  • I totally support this petition. It doesn't ask for anything that hasn't already been discussed & agreed on already by the government. Action is long overdue!
  • I understand that some of the processes are for the best interest of the child but there is no reason why there are long delays. All these children want is to be loved and nurtured. The cost should also be reviewed - there are so many families wanting to adopt but can't afford it and so many unwanted children needing families. There should be some government assistance to ease this pressure on couples wanting to fulfill their dream to become parents.
  • I urge federal politicians to address urgently the concerns of potential adoptive families and adoptive families and enable a faster and smoother process so that more children may be adopted into loving and well resourced families. Adopted children place less demand on government services than immigrants may.
  • I urge the Australian Government to address and resolve the issues affecting adoptive families in Australia.
  • I urge the federal govt to implement the key issues outlined in this petition asap.
  • I urge the Federal Parliament to remove the maximum age for the parents of a child who has been adopted to claim the maternity allowance.
    The Private Member's Bill proposed by Senator Stott Despoja deserves support as the costs with older children are just as great and these children need homes.
  • I want a brother or sister...it's taking too long! Dong Min - Korean adoptee...nearly 4!
  • I want my little brother or sister to be here but the govt wont let that happen. It's just not fair!
  • (Tomicka is now 8 yrs old & has been patiently waiting for most of her life)
  • I want my next sisters now from Ethiopia - I've been very patient waiting for 2 years and Mama & Daddy say I have to wait nearly 3 more years before I'm a brother again - I don't think that's clever. There are lots of children in my birth country that belong in families instead of orphanages.
  • I want to help improve adoption services in Australia - and giving orphaned, destitute and abandoned children the opportunity to live in Australia and be raised by a loving family instead for spending their life in an institution.
  • I was adopted from Sri Lanka at the age of four and have grown up in Australia. I feel a great heart to promote adoption there are still many children still waiting to be loved and cared for. I too share the vision that the adoption process should be affordable. Come on Australia lets reach out, open the doors.
  • I was adopted when I was a baby, I am now 36 years old and have had a great up bringing! I’m all for adoption!!!
  • I wholeheartedly support this petition, which would enable fellow Australians to experience the privilege of raising children - as I do in raising my daughter adopted from China.
  • I wholeheartedly support this petition.
  • I will gladly sign this petition, my husband and I are adopting our first child and have noticed that it's very costly and takes an extreme length of time to adopt.
  • I wish very much that our new Parliament would transform the Australian Adoption process into something efficient and rewarding for both the adopter and adoptee.
  • I worked in an orphanage in Bolivia and there are so many gorgeous children waiting to be loved.
  • I would also like to see it a little easier for single women such as myself, who are financially secure, unable to have a biological child, and not married to adopt a child - I could provide a loving home and environment with great extended family support, but am unable to do this for the majority of countries that Australia can adopt from. Kind Regards. Jennifer Duggan
  • I would highly recommend it.
  • I would like to convey my support inter-country adoptions in Australia. Such adoptions give children an otherwise unattainable opportunity for future success and love within a caring family environment and offers Australian couples the chance to fulfil their desire to have a family.
  • I would like to express my concern about the difficulties adoptive parents have when trying to adopt a child from overseas.
  • It is a very expensive and drawn out process which can be improved dramatically.
  • I would like to give my full support to this petition.
  • I would like to sign this petition, as I believe that our overseas adoption laws desperately need to be changed.
  • I, along with my wife support this petition. Given that we were told by DOCS(NSW) that an allocation would be 12-18 months after our application went O/S and now it more like 5 years minimum, action by the federal government is long over-due.
  • I’m not able to have children, my partner and i are wanting to adopt and have been told there is a long waiting list. I thought to myself how so when there are so many children orphaned overseas .What’s the waiting about?
  • I'd hate to have no family & home because of a lazy government. Please change update the laws.
  • If at all possible could you make adoption a little easier and quicker
  • If families are willing to give children a chance of a normal family life, providing and caring for them, there should be no procrastination it should just happen!
  • If people in Australia are willing to open their hearts minds and homes to children in need, why not?
  • I'm all for every state having the same rules. Makes sense.
  • I'm ashamed that to date the Australian government is so publicly proud to be a party to the Hague Convention yet does so little to give needy children overseas homes.
    The recently elected
    Australia government now has a mandate to effect a much needed
  • I'm currently considering adoption from Colombia so I am asking the Federal Government to make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families by reducing the waiting list timeframe and making the process more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
  • I'm currently working in Indonesia and see first hand, needy and abandoned children every day. My husband and I would love the opportunity to offer a better life to a child here. We recognise and celebrate Indonesian culture and language and thus feel uniquely qualified to become parents (and my sons would become siblings) to someone who equally needs us.
  • In a perfect world all children would be raised by their parents, but its not a perfect world, so adoption is a child’s best hope of having a normal life, in Australia there is no shortage of couples wanting to adopt, lets get moving on fixing the adoption
  • In particular, point number 4.
  • In recognition of the time and efforts needed to negotiate with overseas countries, the Government needs to allocate funds to enable say 50 country negotiations to occur simultaneously, not sequentially, to maximise the speed with which connections are made.
  • Regarding costs to parents, the more money a parent has to pay to adopt, the less money there is to raise the child (and the greater risks of financial problems or stress for the family). If you care about the children, you will minimise the adoptions costs.
  • Thankyou for caring enough to start the process; keep it up and deliver the outcomes for all kids and families.
  • In support of my cousins desire to adopt
  • In support of my sister, who'd make a great mother
  • In WA we are waiting up to five years to adopt a child. Half of the wait is caused by delays with our state government. Give us not for profit NGO's to improve the process.
  • Intercountry adoption is beneficial for both the adopted children and for the adoptive parents. The track record in Australia is excellent with the children becoming successful adults in many spheres.
  • Intercountry adoption needs to be supported as a vital way of finding families for children. Prospective parents need support through the assessment process, not judgement. Families also need support post-adoption. A streamlined process will benefit children and parents. Additional programs need to be investigated and established as a priority.
  • International adoption may be our only chance to have a family, don't take it away from us because of bureaucracy. Please?
  • It breaks my heart to think of the many childless couples saddened and distressed due to the archaic intercountry system we endured and is seemingly unchanged. If our PM has the capacity to say 'sorry' to Aboriginals for taking their babies against their will, perhaps he will say 'yes' to the recommendations for improved governmental practices towards humane and appropriate intercountry adoption.
  • It has taken two years to complete the approval process for adoption from Ethiopia. It is expected to take another five years before allocation. There are so many orphans who need homes. This process is too long.
  • It has taken us nearly 3 years to adopt our 3 yr old son from overseas, and it has cost us well over $30,000. Surely all children should be treated as equals, and as a new family we should be granted the same equity as other Australian families.
  • It horrifies me that any mentally unstable person can give birth to a child to get the bonus yet someone who legitimately wants a child has to go through such incredible lengths just to be considered
  • It is a human tragedy, why do the Bureaucrat's insist on making adoption so ridiculously difficult? We should follow the States lead and stop the unnecessary paperwork. Children need to be protected but, seriously this is a joke.
  • It is about time the Federal Inquiry recommendations were put into place - children's lives are in the balance.
  • It is absolutely essential that we improve the adoption situation in Australia. There are many deserving couples who would dearly love to be able to adopt children from their own country rather than having to travel overseas to achieve this.
  • It is an absolute disgrace that it takes four to five years minimum in Australia for a well positioned couple in Australia to adopt disadvantaged children from third world countries
  • It is crazy that in Western Australia you receive education about the difficulties Asian and African children face growing up in a predominantly white society - but it is impossible to adopt from any country where the children might look Anglo-Saxon. This is despite there being many children in need of families in countries like Azerbaijan. Whilst less of an issue for the parents, the children have to cope with additional identity issues and appear 'obviously adopted' to everyone.
  • It is far too difficult to adopt children from another country and very costly. My husband and I looked into adopting an Ethiopian child but the criteria (like age,cost etc) were too restrictive.
  • It is highly inappropriate that our system encourages and subsidises IVF of donor egg and donor sperm, while placing expensive and timely restrictions on the adoption of children already in existence.
  • It is imperative to change these adoption laws NOW
  • It is in Australia's best interests to adopt children - the more integrated the world becomes, the less people will have barriers with one another.
  • It is ridiculous that there are so many children out there in need of help via adoption and the government makes it so difficult for families to do this!
  • It is right to want good families for all children. It is wrong to dictate how the modern Australian family is. Intercountry adoption is no longer a phenomena, it is the new face of our multicultural world. The issues are being addressed globally.
  • It is sad to see that in a wonderful country such as ours, we cannot help children that haven't any hope of survival in their own country. There are many families in Australia wanting to help these poor children. So could the Australian Government please find away to help these families.
  • it is soul destroying to think that there are children in the world without a loving family to look after them and families in this world who are destroyed by not having a child to give their love to.
  • It is time the Government addressed this issue and funalised access to the suffering children into the care and loving arms of Australians.
  • It just makes sense to make the process quick and efficient. To get children who need families-families! Australians are privileged and also switched on. The children will be loved.
  • It just makes sense!!
  • It should be easier to adopt.
  • It shouldn't be so hard for people struggling naturally to have children to adopt. Why is it so expensive, where does all the money go?
    The current scheme means only very wealthy people can adopt and they don't always make the best parents.
  • It shouldn't be so hard to do something so good.
  • It shouldn't be so hard to give abandoned children a home.
  • It shouldn't be so hard. Families are made up in different ways, it should be easier for families to be formed by adoption.
  • It shouldn't take over 2 years to action the approved report. Too many people are suffering.
  • It takes up to or over 5 years to adopt from Ethiopia, yet in the US it takes just over a year. When I called my State office to make enquiries the lady I spoke to may as well of told me not to bother.
  • It took a full 12 months for our formal application to be processed and approved in NSW. It is now 25 months since it was logged into Chinese system.  How much longer until we give a child a home?
  • It took almost 6 years to adopt our first child and again the government is prolonging our next adoption. It's about time the government pulled their finger out. I wonder if somebody in the government was personally affected by adoption would adoption procedures fun more swiftly and smoothly. I think yes!!
  • It took us 4 years to adopt our daughter from India - you should see her now!!! Very happy!! Often i think of the hundreds of children still there - waiting... and the hundreds of parents here waiting....
  • It would be great to give the gift of a family to those who are not so lucky. Please help these children find love in Australian homes.
  • Its about time some one spoke up lets make this work and you Polis take notice we vote for you
  • It's about time the govt took themselves into the 21st century & joined the rest of the world with their adoption regulations.
  • It's hard enough for those families waiting for seminars, assessors, approval and allocation. Imagine how hard it is on those children living in orphanages waiting for a family. There will never be enough families to give these children a home. We need to
  • It's hard to conceive that a country so rich and prosperous as ours, wont open the doors for children who need good homes. Especially with Australia's low fertility rate. Adoption may not be for everyone, but families who desperately want a child and who are unable to would no doubt welcome a adopted child into their lives. And no doubt provide that child with a life that they could only have dreamed of!
  • It's not a game; it's babies lives and bonding time.
  • It's ridiculous that there are so many children awaiting loving, adoptive parents, and so many Australian couples longing for children - we should be bringing these children and their families together as quickly as possible - not making everyone wait 4 to 6 years!
  • Its time for change!
  • Its time to make a difference. There are millions of children that could become fabulous new Australian citizens and our future if given half a chance
  • It's time to take this out of the government's hands and put it in the private sector (with government regulation).
  • It's time.
  • Its very upsetting to see that people are giving their time and their life to help these abandoned orphans have a better life and then have government red tape make it almost impossible to follow through. Please ease up and show some compassion
  • Just voicing my support in making it more achievable for Australian families to adopt needy children.
    Regards, Byron Harvey
  • keep up the work....
  • Kids need Parents stability and family
  • Kids should have a chance to survive in Australia, they can be our future
  • Legislation is supposed to protect the interests of the child - how are children living in orphanages or bouncing from 1 foster family to another in the best interests of the child? Every child deserves the love of a forever family
  • Less red tape & more compassion would be the way to go
  • Let these babies be loved ASAP. Make it affordable and quicker.
  • Let us not forget the words of Rose Kennedy "To Whom much is given much is expected". Australia as the "lucky country" is fortunate to be able to provide a future for these children in extreme need.
  • Let us support OS Adoption.
    Children need a loving & supporting life & we all can do this!
  • Let's get these children some loving homes and futures!
  • Lets make this happen!
  • Let's see changes and quick action to start the ball rolling.
  • Let's support those people who want to care for children in desperate need through adoption.
  • Lisa and I are waiting parents to adopt from Ethiopia. We are very excited by this process BUT ask us this in 5 years time! Yes that's the estimated wait time for us! There is room for massive improvements to the system in both time and associated cost! We Support this petition fully!
  • Long overdue
  • LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRO-ADOPTION CULTURE IN AUSTRALIA. I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN ESTABLISH NEW RELATIONSHIPS WITH COUNTRIES THAT WISH TO BE A PART OF THE HAGUE CONVENTION AND ASSIST THEM IN COMING ON BOARD.
  • Make adoption affordable for all families. Remove age restriction for baby bonus being 2.Allow more adoptions for children who wait and wait for families in other countries while we have families waiting years. Which should never be. Damien
  • make adoption easier!
  • make it easier! Make it cheaper! Children need loving families.
  • Make it easy for these babies to be adopted. Make it affordable. These babies deserve loving ASAP
  • Make overseas adoption easier.
  • Make overseas adoption easier.
  • Many people against adoption maintain children are being removed from families for the purpose of adoption. To the contrary, most don't have families and would be far better off being adopted into loving homes. Our two adopted children now have parents and siblings to love them.
  • Many people have suffered "Lost" documentation by embassy and government departments. There must also be improved tracking, accountability and time lines provided. It is ridiculous that adoptive parents are not permitted to contact embassies and department
  • Many people put in a great deal of effort to express what's needed (and some of this came out in the consultation-driven report of more than two years ago). Not acting on these recommendations is unacceptable!
  • Many, many more Australian couples would very happily adopt children from overseas if the process was much faster and easier.
  • Marty and Anita are great parents and would be ideal for a second child, what a shame that such good parents who can't have children cannot get the chance to adopt again. Please help
  • Might be a good idea!!! Put yourself in the couple’s shoes that desperately want to be parents!!!
  • More haste, less waste!!!
  • Lets get all the little people into loving homes as soon as possible.
  • More should be done to help underprivileged children have a better life.
  • Mother of 2 children adopted from Thailand
  • My aunt and uncle have been on the waiting list for some time now. I know they would make fabulous parents and deeply believe they should be given the opportunity to do so.
  • My close friend adopted and it took her three years each to adopt her two children AND she had priority - YES PRIORITY because she was born in the Philippines, she had priority to adopt a child from the Philippines. Three years is crazy and far far too long. It's nothing to do with the difficulty - because I think it still needs to be difficult because we're talking about getting a child (not picking up a pet), but I think the time required for the whole adoption process is absolutely absurd.
  • My cousin and his wife have adopted two children from other countries and now they are a happy and complete family.
  • My cousin desperately wants a baby and after 12 failed IVF's, this is their last hope.  Please make this process faster for fantastic people like her who want children
  • My daughter & son in law have been waiting for 4 years to adopt a baby. Not only has this caused much heartache for all concerned, but also that is 4 years lost for this country to enjoy the benefits of one more citizen who will be Australian from its earliest years.
  • My daughter & son-in-law have been waiting already 6 years to adopt a child from the Philippines - and are still waiting!
  • My daughter and her husband would love to adopt a child and would make fantastic parents, but as Ben is a pilot for an overseas company they cannot adopt here which I feel is very biased and unfair.
  • My friends are on the adoption wait list, they would be great parents and the kids deserve good homes. Please let my friends & others like them adopt without delay
  • My friends Meg & Loni desperately want to parent a child but Loni had mumps & is now sterile - please give them an opportunity to give a child a better life.
  • My full support goes with this petition. There are babies and children all over the world in need of love and care and Australia is supposed to be the Lucky Country so why not let it be the lucky place some of these little people learn to call home.
  • My husband and I (who are already adoptive parents thanks to the competent USA adoption system) were given a non-approval as adoptive parents for the most ridiculous reasons. AG & other appropriate Dept's did not want to recognise the problems we had. Time for change
  • My husband and I are in the waiting list for almost a year now. We have applied for intercountry adoption - chosen China. We had applied for Korea and then the programme closed so our other option was to choose China. One country policy is ridiculous and the waiting, is far too long. We don't have any children of our own. We have started this process since October 2005. Last year were assigned batch number according to LID. Once our papers were sent to China we received a letter from DHS that we will need to waiting 14-18mths for allocation. Now they tell us it will take 24 months and ICAS are telling us that it could take up to 5 years. I will be close to 50yrs old
  • My husband and I are intending to adopt 1 if not 2 children internationally within the next 5 years. We are hoping that the Australian Government do not make it hard for us to save a child from a life of hell. We fit all of the criteria, so there should be no reason that the process is straightforward and fast. What we're hearing concerns us gravely.
  • My husband and I are very interested in inter country adoption, but are put off by the very long waiting time. If the process was streamlined I believe many more people would be interested and therefore helping children worldwide that don/t have the opportunities we have but could offer them.
  • My husband and I have lost babies and endured IVF. Luckily we have two children. But unfortunately that is were our family is forced to end, as the option of adoption has been taken away from us, as the process is too complex, too expensive and wait far too long.
  • My husband and I lodged our EOI in Nov 04, we were approved to adopt in Dec 06 and we are waiting to send our file to Ethiopia. We don't expect to travel until 2011 to pickup our children. This means we will wait 7 years to complete our family. This is too long.
    Regards
    Leisa and Brad Low
  • My husband and I looked at adopting about 10 years ago but decided against it after looking at all of the red tape and financial costing
  • My husband and I wanted to adopt after we lost both our children, but because of the dreadful delays in Qld, we aged out and lost our last chance to re-build a family. Make changes now that will prevent families suffering needlessly while children wait for homes.
  • My husband and I were unable to have children. We have adopted 3 children from Bolivia and Colombia, these children were in orphanages...they needed a mum and a dad and a family. This has been a wonderful solution to a desperate situation. Why can't the government help other desperate children and needy potential parents to have a fulfilling family life? Please help them!
  • my husband Kevin and I totally agree and support the recommendations of this petition as a matter of utmost urgency
  • My sister adopted two Ethiopian children from House of Hope, I travelled with her to be part of this miracle-leaving the rest of the kids behind was heartbreaking-this is important
  • My sister has adopted a child from India and is currently waiting on a second child. The effort, time, stress and financial issues that she and her husband faced and dealt with were extraordinary, and yet here they are doing it again!! Courageous and willing to share their love and commitment to another in need. Truly inspiring.
  • My sister is adopting at the moment so want to help her out as much as i can.
  • My sister would like to have a child of her own and this may be her only means. Please help reduce the red tape!
  • My son and his wife have been trying for over 4 years to have a child, they are currently on IVF and have been told they cannot apply for adoption at the same time--how ridiculous. There are so many kids who could have a great home if the red tape and expense was taken away. Waiting periods for adoption puts lots of couples off and leaves kids homeless
  • My uncle and his wife adopted Brigette from China last year after a lengthy 2 year adoption process and now it is hard to believe life without the little angel. Some people deserve to be parents but just need a little help. Please make the process easier for those of us not blessed with our own natural babies.....someone needs to love the ones nobody else wants.
  • My wife & I adopted a child from Korea in 07 - it took 18 months to get our dossier compiled and sent to Korea - totally ridiculous - could and should have been done in a month.
  • My wife and I (who are already adoptive parents thanks to the competent USA adoption system) were given a non-approval as adoptive parents for the most ridiculous reasons. AG & other appropriate Govt Dept's did not want to recognise the problems we had nor the discrimination. Time for change
  • My wife and I adopted a beautiful boy from Guatemala and all of our lives have been immeasurably enriched because of it. Please support this wonderful organisation.
  • My wife and I waiting for an allocation from China. When we started we were told 18 months was the average "turnaround". It took 12 months for our "file" to be prepared and sent to China (and we're told that was quick!) and now we look like we're going to be waiting 3 years + for our child. We keep reading about couples in the US that have their child within 12 months from starting the process.....what are they doing that enables it occur quicker is what I want to know and why aren't we doing it!
  • My wonderful daughter from China is a testament to the miracle of I/C adoption. I would like others to have their own miracles and from my daughter's perspective would really appreciate an Australian birth certificate- so many things are a nightmare without one.
  • need more compassion
  • No matter how you form your family everyone should be treated equally.
  • Not happy with the current program
  • Now we have a Labour government in power lets hope they support adoptions and show social issues are as important as economic ones.
  • On June 6th 2006 my Husband and I were Logged in the China System to adopt. We are in NSW batch 45. At the current rate we will be waiting another 2 years. That's 4 years waiting from LID, not counting the year of documentation in Australia. So slow, when there are so many children waiting for families.
  • Once we assume that the process is viable, the incredible amount of time it takes is frustrating and soul destroying for families trying to participate.
  • Our daughter has adopted two children from Cambodia. Having seen the many orphaned and abandoned children there and in other countries in SE Asia living in dire circumstances, I know there are many people in Australia who would love to give them a loving family and a place to call home.
  • Our daughter has seen sick and lonely children in a Bolivian orphanage. Give these kids a chance to have a loving family. Make adoption more affordable and less stressful.
  • Our families have been waiting for 3 years now to hear anything positive from the Chilean Government concerning the adoption of our grandchild.
  • Our family missed out on Maternity Payment when we returned to Australia with our adopted daughter on the day of her second birthday. We travelled as soon as possible after the Chinese & Australian Government adoption requirements had been completed but missed being eligible for Maternity Payment by 10 hours. The age restriction is arbitrary and should be removed.
  • Our file is finally overseas waiting to be matched, however as with many couples we had lengthy and unnecessary delays to get to the point we are at now.
  • Our first adoption from Ethiopia took 4 years, we were the 22nd file when approved for our first adoption. We have applied again and were the 52nd file when approved. This will likely make our wait 6-7+ years based on current allocation rates. There has
  • Overseas adoption is a win/win situation for all involved including the Australian nation and should be supported to the fullest degree by our Government.
  • Overseas adoption should be more accessible, affordable and streamlined. At present adopting families experience so much uncertainty and long delays.
  • Overseas countries give so much support to adopting families while in Australia there is nothing but negativity & fear. People should not be scared of a government system that is meant to be helping children in need. The system needs fixing pronto!
  • People who can't have children and are willing to adopt our peoples children and give them a loving upbringing should be treated the same as biological parents, therefore should have the same rights.
  • Please accept my signature as support for loving Australian families to adopt children from overseas.
  • Please act on the above points regarding adoption.
  • Please act to speed up the adoption process.
  • Please add the issue of accountability and/or tracking of documents through departments. Too often delays are caused by the lack of time frame or communications between government departments and embassies.
  • Please address the adoption process for Australia to free up children in third world countries. Make the process more streamlined, affordable and accessible to allow more families to access this service to have adopted children brought into their homes.
  • Please address this very sensitive issue
    Please allow all adoptive parents to receive the baby bonus regardless of the child's age at adoption, as not allowing this is clearly inequitable.
  • Please allow compassion to replace bureaucracy and politics.
  • Please allow for more inter-country adoptions in Australia so that many couples who are keen to welcome children in their lives can share their love with children who need them.
  • Please allow for the adoption of babies from other countries to be adopted by willing and child-hungry parents in Australia. I fully support this petition.
  • Please allow more children to be adopted into Australia from overseas, and speed the implementation of recommendations.
  • Please allow these families to adopt children more swiftly
  • Please bring more children into Australia 'quicker' for adoption. We have plenty of parents and resources.
  • Please change the adoption laws for adopting children from other countries, so unfortunate children in 3rd world countries can be given a chance in life.
  • Please consider all the above recommendations, as at the age of 42, I have been waiting a quarter of my life to become a Mother. Finally, our file was logged into China in April 2007. The wait is extending and is heartbreaking. All I want is to be a Mother.
  • Please consider making possible adoption from a wider number of countries.
  • please consider these people are all genuine.
  • Please consider these requests.
    If you were in this predicament, the inequality would become obvious very quickly.
    Adoption is so bloody difficult anyway
  • Please consider this as a fantastic opportunity to allow the Australian people to adopt children of the world...
  • Please consider your countrymen and women who are desperate to have a family and are trying to adopt. Please help them. These children are no different then your own in that they need the love of a mother and father. Please do your part in world humanity.
  • Please do something about the Australian adoption system - it is heartbreaking for potential parents & is not in the best interest of poor young children who could go to a great new home.
  • Please do something to make a change for the good of these children, there are so many people out there ready to open their hearts and homes. Why must it be such a long and heartbreaking process that it turns people away!
  • Please do something to make the process faster. Life is too short.
  • Please do something to speed up the process of inter-country adoption. We are adopting from Ethiopia that currently has a timeframe of 3 - 5 years!!
  • Please do this - there are children who will never experience the love and security of a family.
  • Please don’t charge so much for Australian couples to adopt a child then a lot more will adopt.
  • Please don't delay there a many people who would make wonderful parents to these children. People who have waited many years for the privilege of being parents. Regards sandy
  • Please extend baby bonus to post 2 years - we get no immunisation bonus & have to pay higher airfare and often children are like babies needing cots, highchairs. Let private agencies in as bureaucracy is not working. Too frustrating - let's all move to the States.
  • Please facilitate the adoption process for Australian families to adopt & give love to children languishing in orphanages overseas.
  • Please for the sake of these beautiful children and these families full of love, make adoption easier.
  • Please get the promised changes underway with urgency. We've waited almost 2.5 years since all the above was approved at a Federal level. There is a major amount of fear (toward the govt) & major heartache (in waiting for our adopted children).
  • Please give a chance all the kids - they are our future!
  • Please give both abandoned children and childless couples the right to be happy and fulfilled
  • Please give the next generation a chance!
  • Please give these children a chance to be loved nurtured and an opportunity to experience just the pure joy of being a child. And to have peace of mind- to being part of a family who will care and love them.
  • Please Help
  • Please help adoptive parents be able to get through the process quicker and let these children have a chance of a loving home and parents that really want them without having all these added pressures and Govt red tape. The added stress for these people is outrageous.
  • Please help loving parents to give babies a home. These babies will be chosen babies and loved immensely. Kathy
  • Please help make a difference to this crazy world that we live in. We have - and it has made all the world of difference to our family...........
  • Please help make the adoption process quicker and easier for Australia
  • Please help my sister and brother-in-law to adopt there children from Ethiopia.
  • Please help the orphaned children have a better life in Australia with a loving family.
  • Please help the orphans of the world into a loving family
  • Please help those that can't have children. And help the children that don't have homes. Everybody needs a new start in life, and Australia has the longest process of most countries to try and get a child through an adoption process.
    Many thanks, Mandy
  • Please help to give children a home and make adoption easier and equitable for those willing to go down this path to have a family.
  • Please help us to change outdated laws and make the world a better place for children who can not do it for themselves - Simple
  • Please I want more cousins to hang out with, please make adoption easier for people in Australia.
    Please immediately take action as requested by adoptionaustralia.org to allow more Australians to adopt babies. It is good for them, good for the children, and good for the country. Thanks.
  • Please implement the above 11 issues in relation to intercountry adoption as soon as possible.
    Mother of two children adopted from
    Thailand
  • Please implement the changes from the report into intercountry adoption in Australia. Thank you! Proud dad to one form Korea....and hopefully a 2nd (2.5yrs waiting! for no2)
  • Please implement the recommendations made to the Federal Government into intercountry adoptions.
    We need positive adoption reform in
    Australia.
  • Please implement the recommendations of the inquiry.
  • Please improve the adoption system in this country for the sake of the children desperately needing safe, secure and loving homes.
  • Please just make it easier for people who want kids but just can't have them naturally.
  • Please let these families and these children go without no longer, something can be done.
  • Please listen to us
  • Please look at adoption for foster children too! We have been caring for a boy for 5 years (since he was 5mths) and have care until he turns 18! yet we cant adopt him.
  • Please make adoption a lot quicker for people that desperately want to love and care for a child but can't have them themselves naturally.
  • Please make adoption easier for all people so that they can have a family just like the one we have.
  • Please make adoption easier for those wishing to do so. As an 1949 adopted baby myself I encourage others to sign as well.
  • Please make adoptions easier, quicker and more affordable for all Australians.
  • Please make it easier and quicker for loving families to adopt children, from Australia and Overseas, who would otherwise not have a chance in life
  • Please make it easier for desperate couples trying to bring hope to children
  • Please make it easier for loving and caring couples to adopt babies and children who desperately need homes.
  • Please make it easier for these families to help children in need!
  • Please make it easier to adopt
  • Please make it easier to adopt these children. They are only babies for a short time and bonding to adoptive parents needs to be done as early as possible.
  • Please make it equal for everyone, adoption ,foster or biological children.
  • Please make it possible for people who care to reach out to children who need.
  • Please make it vital for Australians to have adoption easier for couples that cant have children
  • Please make life easier and happier for both the children and the people in Australia who want to adopt children. It's better for children to find loving parents who would have so much to give, than to have no love at all.
  • Please make the adoption process quicker and more streamline as there are so many beautiful children out there in need of loving families.
  • Please make these things happen
  • Please Please help us families adopting children to make our journey easier. We are looking at a five-year wait atleast to adopt our children from Ethiopia; this is SAD....SO SAD. Help us please.
  • Please please please, sort out the bureaucracy so that adoptive families are not forced to wait years!
  • Please put a united Australia wide International Adoption process in place to help all families on the waiting list now and others that are waiting to get on the list
  • please reduce the red tape so those who have no choice but to adopt can have more than one child without the often 5 year rime span
  • Please remove the age barrier for the "baby bonus" so ALL adoptive families qualify equally. WHY DOES IT ALL TAKE SO LONG COMPARED TO THOSE IN THE US. WE ANXIOUSLY AWAIT A SIBLING FOR OUR ADOPTED SON....WE STARTED THE PROCESS FOR NO. 2 2.5 YRS AGO AND HAV
  • Please resolve these urgent issues that adoptive parents face. The timeframes for the adoptive process need some major changes to shorten them. Thanks
  • Please speed the process of implementing the recommendations, and allow more overseas children to be adopted into Australia.
  • Please speed up the adoption process. My cousin has tried IVF 12 times without success. She is married and financially secure so please give her a child to love.
  • Please start to think of the families who wish to adopt. We deserve equal treatment regardless of which state we live in. We should not be forced to move in order to meet the outdated rules some states have.
  • Please stop the discrimination against those who are willing to adopt children above 2 years. Adoption is a long and expensive process (30,000 plus) no matter what age the child involved is, please make it fair and take away the baby bonus age limit.
  • Please stop the pain of orphaned children and childless couples. It may not be a vote winner but it is a GOOD thing that won't cost the government money, as it's a user pays system.
  • Please support Adoption Australia's petition to make inter-country adoption more accessible for Australians. There are so many needy orphans around the world looking for good homes and we can help.
  • Please support this effort
  • Please we have been in proses to adoption for 3years and still waiting for easement our only dream is to be a family throw adoption. We are the lucky country Australia the world children need loving family (now).
  • Please work quickly to implement these initiatives
  • Please, please, please move quickly. Bring Australia into line with the United States of America. It's terrible that people have to wait so long in Australia to complete their families.
  • Please, we need to make it easier to allow children from poverished countries to live a normal and happy life with a family that REALLY wants a child to love.
  • Please. This is a matter of urgency.
  • Processing times need to be reduced and more country programs should be opened. There are more Hague Convention countries than programs available.
  • Ratification of any of the above changes should and must include Australian living and working overseas (expatriates) who also need a voice in their quarters.
  • Reform on adoption is long overdue.
  • Remove the age restriction on the allowance, this is pure discrimination based on age, the Gov't ought to be ashamed! Especially when it would cost them so little, and yet mean so much to families like ours! Proud dad of adopted 5-year-old son.
  • Serious and urgent reform is required
  • Should I ever get to a point where I find that adoption is my only option to have a family, I would love for the process to be supported and streamlined. For those in that position now, surely opening the doors for their love to be shared is a good thing for all!
  • Should it not be made simpler for those who wish to adopt less unfortunate. The Authorities need to wake up!!
  • Singles should be under the same rules as couples & should not be discriminated against by the system of the social workers.
  • Singles should have the same rules & benefits as couples. Some of the best parents I've seen are single.
  • So many Australian couples want to become a family. So many children are orphans. We must come to a better arrangement to give kids all over the world the care they need. It is our responsibility as a first world country to lead by example, to open our hearts and families to kids in need. This is a human rights issue and the Rudd Government is well placed to step up and bring joy to so many.
  • So many children from overseas with no families and so many couples in Australia wanting to start and grow a family and can't manage it. Why is it so difficult to put these two needs together without the massive delays and unreasonable expenses
  • So many children needing loving families, so many Australian couples wanting to raise and love these children...and an aging population crisis in Australia. It seems an obvious thing to do!
  • So many loving, childless couples would welcome a child. Please help them.
  • So many people are moving overseas to adopt. I thought Australia was meant to be the Lucky country?!
  • Some mothers don’t deserve kids, and yet the best mothers can’t be mothers, something is wrong don’t you think?
  • Something has to change. There are way too many couples/individuals who would make excellent parents. Please help to give these people and the children/babies a chance.
    Best, Miho Suzuki
  • Something MUST CHANGE to allow adoptive parents to become what the so desperately wish for MUM & DAD
  • Something needs to be done, and we need it done now!
  • Steps should be taken to simplify the system without jeopardising the safety of the children and the family adopting the children.
  • Stop encouraging people to breed and start by helping those already born.
  • Streamlining the adoption process & subsequent adoptions processes are paramount to ensure that children needing families can be placed within an appropriate timeframe that allows the greatest psychological & developmental success possible.
  • Strongly agree with the petition.
  • Strongly in favour of allowing the influx of young children into the country in this manner, as opposed to business and/or education based immigration.
  • Supported wholeheartedly.
  • Supporting our friends in Australia who have adopted, and are passionate about this cause.
  • Surely if there are children that need a home it shouldn't matter what country they are from or go to *hugs*
  • Surely to adopt a child and give them a loving family shouldn't be so hard... I was adopted and had wanted to do the same myself... never did I think I would be doing the same. Thank goodness I am an Expat and adopting from the US and not Australia
  • Thank you for your kind consideration!
  • The above proposals would give disadvantaged children the chance of a fulfilled life, which surely we all want for every child born!
  • The above says it all. Please take listen and take action to make a change.
  • The adoption laws need to be revamped to make the process more streamlined for adoptive parents so that many children will have good lives in Australia.
  • The adoption overseas children should be easier.
  • The adoption process is a crazy mess. Make it easier, with less red tape so that some needy children have loving homes.
  • The adoption process is complicated, inefficient, cumbersome, burdensome and an intrusion. Make it simpler for all!!
  • The adoption process is for the strong they say. How true, because our Government certainly doesn't make it easy. Instead they slap on more emotional & financial strain on an already stressful process.
  • The adoption process needs to be reviewed to become more efficient, transparent, and above all more sensitive to the need for communication and genuine compassion for all concerned. Potential parents and children are waiting far too long.
  • The adoption process should not be so difficult, de-institutionalise children ASAP, GIVE THEM TO LOVING FAMILIES!!
  • The Australian approval processes desperately need overhaul - a tightly managed process with a workflow system monitoring the steps should ensure dossiers could be created within a month.
  • The Australian Government should give the support that couples and families wishing to adopt deserve, comprehensive and timely.
  • The Australian intercountry adoption system has been in crisis for many years. There are an estimated 11 million orphaned children in the world, yet Australia has the 2nd lowest adoption rate in the developed world. The Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families, the process needs to be streamlined, adoption waiting lists need to be reduced and Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Australian intercountry adoption system has been in crisis for many years. There are an estimated 11 million orphaned children in the world, yet Australia has the 2nd lowest adoption rate in the developed world. The Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families, the process needs to be streamlined, adoption waiting lists need to be reduced and Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Australian intercountry adoption system has been in crisis for many years. There are more than 11 million orphaned children in the world, yet Australia has the 2nd lowest adoption rate in the developed world. The Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted. The process needs to be more streamlined. Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long. Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations should be supported to set up private not
    for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Australian system definitely needs an overhaul. It is slow and arduous and unable to adequately cope with a reasonably small number of applicants.
  • The current adoption system within Australia is a disgrace. So many children both here and overseas need permanent, stable homes, and yet we have government systems in place that make the process prohibitive to many. There need to be systems in place to ensure children will be safe and loved, but in the current system, the children are the real losers.
  • The current intercountry adoption process is in crisis. For the sake of those Australians, like us, who wish to adopt and for the children who will be adopted please streamline this program.
  • The current process for couples in Australia applying for intercountry adoption is a disgrace and Australia should be ashamed for allowing the appalling situation to have continued for so long. Furthermore, to deny parents adopting a child over 2 years old the baby bonus is discriminatory, penny-pinching and just plain wrong.
  • The current system benefits nobody.  Not only does it take forever, the cost precluded many suitable people from ever being able to adopt. i.e. this is not equitable.
  • The current system is ridiculous.
  • The depts take soooooo long to do anything it really seems unfair to the children, has anyone thought about the children
  • The Federal and State Government should stop being so anti-adoption in their thinking and their policies. It's time for a big shake-up!
  • The Federal Government needs to address overseas adoption by speeding up the process and introducing legislation to allow Aust. birth certificates to be issued and enforcing consistent legislation throughout all the states.
  • The Federal Government needs to amend their current policies regarding adoption and make the process of adopting children from overseas far more achievable for Australian families.
  • The federal government needs to take pro-active responsibility for setting up programs with potential donor countries.  There are so many children in need around the world.  The federal government needs to make it easier (financially and bureaucratically) for Australian families to adopt.  Get rid of the child's age limit as it applies to the Baby Bonus for adoptive families NOW.
  • The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Family and Human Services report
  • The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Family and Human Services report Nov 2005
  • The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Family and Human Services report Nov 2005.

    J. Redfern
  • The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Family and Human Services report Nov 2005
  • The federal government should consider allowing same sex couples the same right to apply to adopt as married couples.
  • The Federal Government should heed all of the above so people who desperately want to adopt children are more easily able to do so and give these children a loving home.
  • The Federal Government should make adoption into Australian families more accessible, affordable and streamlined. Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced. Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
    The process needs to be more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
    Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long.
    Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
    The process needs to be more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
    Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long.
    Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
    The process needs to be more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
    Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long.
    Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
    The process needs to be more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
    Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long.
    Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
  • The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families.
    The process needs to be more accessible, affordable and streamlined.
    Adoption waiting lists need to be reduced - they are far too long and the process takes too long.
     Australians should be allowed to adopt from more countries - and non government organisations (NGOS) should be supported to set up private not for profit adoption agencies
  • The federal govn. need to have a good look at themselves and see the reasons behind why this petition is happening
  • The federal govt. must review the out dated adoption policy and to introduce new legislation complying with the 21st century. Make the laws equal for married couples who cannot have children and also give a child a chance of life free from poverty and give
  • The government needs to radically overhaul the child adoption process. This is completely outdated and needs all the red tape removed.
  • The government needs to start being proactive with dealing with other countries. Too many children suffer due to ineffective & headstrong governments.
  • The Government says everything starts at home with family!! What is a family what do they recognise as family? Let's ask them that. It is so distressing to sit by helplessly and watch my brother and his wife wait so long for thei family. They are good people!! Let's catch up with the rest of the world and save these children and help our own family and friends here in Australia!!!  Employ lot's of people who care!!!
  • The government should make it easy not harder for Australian families to adopt children from out countries filling up the void in their life and the life of overseas kids.
  • The government should start implementing the changes and stop stalling.
  • The govt should be helping people help abandoned children. I've met quite a few adoptive applicants who are fearful of the govt due to bias social workers & discrimination that seems rife! Where is the government’s common sense!
  • The idea of children in need actually waiting for a loving family is shocking when there are so many people in dire need of loving a child. People who are highly educated, happily married, highly competent professionally and integrated in the community. Is feels like such a blasphemy- such a simple waste of human love. Why can't the bureaucracies of the two countries concerned communicate productively?
  • The lack of adoption opportunities in Australia is appalling. I hope all Australians will support this petition to assist those loving people just wanting to give a child a better life and/or have a child they can call their own.
    There are so many couples in Aust. that can give everything, and more, to a child who currently has nothing and no future. Why wouldn’t we want to help?
  • The laws definitely need to be changed its not fair that people who need and want a child have to wait so long and also the poor little children could be living in a loving and caring home.
  • The length of the adoption process in Australia (WA) is excessive by any means. It will be over 1 yr from contacting DOCS to being allowed to do the Information seminar. It is beyond a joke.
  • The Mama of TWO miracles from Ethiopia - currently with a two year old approved file for two more children - files sitting on desk at ICAS! Will be waiting up to 3 more years as we all grow older!
  • The many families that are seeking to adopt in Australia represent an important resource for children who have been orphaned or displaced from families. I urge the government to assist with streamlining the process of adoption and minimizing costs so that more children's needs can be met.
  • The maternity allowance / baby bonus should be paid to adoptive parents regardless of age or country of origin of the adopted child. The federal government should move quickly to standardise adoption procedures across states, and to promote adoption as a valid way of forming families.
  • The more things change (correction - in this case stay the same) the more they stay the same (correction - GO BACKWARDS!!). I can’t believe that this petition is STILL necessary. Surely someone with commonsense will see that this really needs addressing.
  • The overseas adoption system needs to be faster, adoptive parents shouldn't have to wait up to seven years to receive an allocation.
  • The priorities in Australia are all wrong, spending a fortune on IVF while making adoption so hard. 30,000 children die of hunger each day... For individuals who's been dissuaded though, bear in mind that adoption can't be personally harder than unsuccessful IVF treatments.
  • The process is too long, too expensive, too stressful and too inconsistent amongst states. It is simply unfair and heartbreaking for the children growing up in orphanages and the families that wait so long to bring them into their family and want to love them so dearly.
  • The process seems to take far too long or never at all.
  • The process to adopt a child which families must endure is exhaustingly lengthy and expensive. There are thousands of children who would have a wonderful loving life in Australia if these processes were more streamlined and affordable. I am the grandmother of a beautiful Ethiopian-born boy whom I dearly love.
  • The recommendations of the Standing Committee under Mrs Bishop were made after nationwide discussions and should be implemented. It was easy to see at the hearings there was all party support for change.
    The upper age limit needs to be abolished
  • The restrictions that the Australian Government places on adoption processes are prohibitive. The Government should urgently adopt the recommendations of the Committee on Family and Human Services.
  • The sooner the better
  • The state of Australian adoption is despicable. This cannot go on any longer! It should stop so the new generation of potential parents can be fulfilled and can complete their souls, and give meaning to their lives, by having families.
  • The state of Australia's adoption situation makes no sense at all. I totally back this petition.
  • The system for adoption in Australia is in crisis. I am a friend of some people adopting and it is such a difficult process for them with all the waiting. It is agonising.
  • The system has to change. There is no excuse for the extraordinary emotional hoops that prospective adoptive parents are being put through. We adopted years ago - it was hard enough then - it is amazing that the process is even harder now. Give others (and children!) the chances our family has been had.
  • The waiting period is ridiculous, we have a wonderful country and thousands of parents waiting to adopt. Give them a chance to give an orphan a life and be loved.
  • The waiting time needs to change and fast.
  • The whole Intercountry Adoption needs to be the same between all States and Territories in Australia for couples and singles.
  • There are children all over the world that desperately need families and there are families all over Australia, desperately longing for children. Why does it need to be this hard?
  • There are children waiting for homes and well adjusted, well planned, stable and loving couples waiting for children-why is it so hard to get them together?
  • There are children who currently face being institutionalised and potential parents that may never be able to raise a child. These delays are unacceptable and Australia should adopt a model that works and works quickly
  • there are lots of waiting mums & dads with heaps of love to give to these children. why do they have to wait so long to be with families. we have been waiting 3 yrs!! why, please speed the waiting time up
  • There are many children around the world who do not have 2 adults that they can call Mom and Dad, which is the main relationship in this world. No child should be deprived of it.
  • There are many families in Australia wanting to form their family through adoption. There are many children in the world in need of a family and whose birth country for a wide range of reasons is not able to provide them with one. Please assist these families to connect.
  • There are many families in Australia who cannot have children of their own for whatever reason. Making the adoption process easier would bring much joy and happiness to all those involved, including the children adopted.
  • There are many families waiting to LOVE these children. These children should not have to wait!
  • There are many wonderful people in Australia who would love to adopt a child from overseas. Many are not able to have children themselves and have a lot of love to give to a child. They do not want to wait years to love that child. Please give them and the children a fair go.
  • There are obvious ways to reduce the length of adoption procedure and therefore to give homeless children a home far more quickly and also reduce the possible side effects of prolonged staying at orphanage.
  • There are so many Australia couples desperate to have children. I just cannot believe that this amazing country is so behind with its adoption policies.
  • There are SO many children in this world that need families and parents... why can't you make it more easier for Australians getting them. I am an 'expat' living in the US and adopting... I look at the families in Australia trying to adopt... I am glad that I am not adopting from Australia... make it easier
  • There are so many children needing help. Why is the govt stopping those who want to help?
  • There are so many children needing loving homes. It is a matter of urgency that these children be matched to couples who wait far too long to be able to adopt.
  • THERE ARE SO MANY CHILDREN WHO COULD HAVE HAPPY AND SAFE LIFE, IF ONLY OUR LAWS PERMIT US TO BE ABLE TO ADOPT.
  • There are so many children who need a good family to grow up in - and so many Australian couple unable to have children yet able to provide a loving environment for these children - please give them this life changing opportunity
  • There are so many children who need the chance of a better life by means of adoption that I think it is imperative to give them, and their parents this opportunity. The sooner the better. What is the hold-up?
  • There are so many couples out there that can provide a loving a caring home for children in need all over the world. These children deserve to live a normal life when there are people out there that can provide it.
  • There are so many families who are waiting with open hearts and homes for children to love. There are so many children who need parents right now. Stop them from waiting to be together. Children need parents as soon as possible so they don't suffer unnecessarily. Adoption is the most wonderful thing. My two adopted children have changed my life.
  • There are so many loving families here in Australia waiting to provide a home and family for these children. Please help make this possible. Thanks
  • There are so many needy children in the world and so many families willing to take them in and care for them. Why do we prevent them by making it almost impossible?
  • There are so many people just wishing to be parents to these children, I don't understand why they should have to waste precious years.
  • There are so many people with excess love to give. Why are so many unwanted children sitting in orphanages? They may not be in their home country if they come here but they will have love and care.
  • There are so many wonderful people waiting to become parents why is it so difficult for them to realise their dream?
  • There are to many children in this world needing a stable environment to live in. Why make it any harder on them when there are so many people in Australia willing to provide them with the life they can only dream of.
  • There most certainly need something done about the adoption laws .The waiting time should be quicker .
  • There needs to be a greater commitment (eg funding) for helping countries who wish to commence intercountry adoption to establish programs
  • These are peoples lives.
  • These children are in desperate need of loving families and homes....We have families in desperate need of children to love....Why should this be such a long, difficult and expensive process....Make it easier for all concerned please
  • These children don't have months & years for governments and departments to have meeting after meeting. They need action NOW. Show we are not an anti adoption country with your swift action.
  • These governments are holding these children for ransom to the highest bidder instead of allowing them the opportunity to be part of a loving and stable family environment. Its disgusting.
  • These kiddies need to be loved while they are babies. Let them experience a loving life from an early age. Don’t leave them sitting in orphanages any longer than necessary
  • These kids are our future.
  • These kids deserve a chance
  • These new rules wont open floodgates to millions of children pouring in to our country, but it will help the children & waiting parents create their families. Australia’s education process will keep applications at a realistic level.  I know someone who will have waited around 15 yrs to get referral because of the govts bungling. That is beyond anything near realistic.
  • These recommendations are just and appropriate. Let this happen.
  • These urgent issues not only need to be addressed now but should be implemented in retrospect - back dated. They have dragged their heals for so long our family will receive no financial benefit from the proposed recommendations.
  • Things need to change!!!
  • Things need to change, for everyone involved. Lets make a difference.
  • Things really need to change in Intercountry adoption here in Australia. Hopefully the Peak Body can start getting the ball rolling in terms of positive changes
  • Think of the children, there should be less red tape not more. Open the doors and let them in, we are a wealthy lucky country and we should share the gifts we have and adoption is one of the ways that this can be done.
  • This area needs a grand overhaul. The current process is not matching what is going on in 2008 with regards types of families, increase in life expectancy and yes we are not all criminals - some of us have a genuine desire to do good.
  • This can be the only chance for some of us to ever experience parenthood. Please make it easier for us!
  • This change would bring love, life and happiness to children and parents to be. Please give peace to all.
  • This could be a very significant contribution to Australian Foreign Aid and given there are so many parents in Australia looking for children to adopt in the "lucky country" it seems perverse that in a time in which the National Government wants population growth...we are holding back a generation of potential children to adopt - from good homes, hearts and assisting Australia with its foreign aid obligations at the same time!
  • This government needs to get behind Intercountry Adoption and the couples who create their families this way. I am fed up with those in power putting us on the back burner.
  • This has gone on far too long... there are many needy children in the world who deserve a better life ... open up adoption
  • This is a chance for Australia to establish its generosity and humanitarian aspect.
  • This is a great opportunity for helping children less fortunate than us to have a loving home & a life to be proud of. Adoption should be made easier for couples who genuinely want to make a difference to a child's life.
  • This is a humanitarian issue that Australians should be allowed to help with.
  • This is a humanitarian issue, as well as a personal one. These abandoned or orphaned children face a life of poverty and abuse, which could so easily be changed. Let's do it!
  • This is a worthy cause & one that requires govt changes to be made re the time it takes for families to adopt.
  • This is extraordinarily important. In Australia we have a responsibility to support those in lesser circumstances. What greater need than children without the nurturing love of a family.
  • This is so important. These children need loving parents and there are so many Australians that are desperate to offer these children a loving home that they deserve. PLEASE make it easier for families to adopt these little angels.
  • This is something that NEEDS to be done soon rather then later.
  • This is such an important issue for so many children around the world.
  • This situation needs urgent attention it is appalling.
  • This unfortunate situation needs urgent attention.
  • Thousands of childless couples in Australia!
    Thousands of abandoned/orphaned children worldwide!
    Let's put them together NOW, not YEARS from now!
  • time for change
  • To enable childless couples to have children and certainly waive the $1200+ entry fee. Australia boasts a multinational community eg the present Commonwealth Govt..Help these couples and try to be realistic in your endeavours. In their shoes you would shift heaven and earth ...do the same for these childless couples..._Please!
  • To enable everyone the opportunity to be a family, the adoption process and system needs significant improvement and change. It is currently a long, cumbersome and frustrating process that is not sufficiently resourced - both here in Australia and overseas.
  • To have a more streamlined process would be wonderful. Presently my family has been waiting now 14 months to be allocated children from the Philippines. Its heartbreaking to know there are many many children waiting to be placed in loving families and time goes by...slowly.
  • To not allow children from other countries to be adopted into Australia easily is a crime within its self.
  • Tragically, the local adoption programs within Australia have very few babies because of the abortion mentality among the medical profession and counsellors who generally fail to make this option known to women. Action is needed on both the local and intercountry programs.
  • Two years ago, after 5 years of trying, I found out I am unable to conceive. One of the many options we explored was overseas adoption, but the expense & time involved are too daunting for us. Please make these changes for all of us willing to make these children's lives happy. Bern & Evan Lawless
  • Urgent action is required
  • Urgent changes need to be made to the adoption system in Australia. There are thousands of voters who are very angry about the present adoption system. An in depth investigation was held in 2005 and the report received bipartisan approval. The Federal Government needs to urgently implement the long overdue changes
  • Very positive and valuable idea for the children, families and our community. Keep up the great work.
  • Waiting period seems to be getting longer.
  • Waiting/processing times in Western Australia are too long.
  • wake up now
  • Wanting to Help the World be a better place.
  • We adopted from Bolivia 21 years ago and were able to give a young girl a wonderful life. Six years ago we visited the orphanage from where we adopted and met children that had spent all their life in an institution but who could have lived a caring life in Australia.
  • We are a loving family wanting to share our lives with others, why is it so hard to help others in need?
  • We are a very lucky country and there are way to many children in this world that need love, education and safety. Australian families are willing to provide......please let them.
    Taryn Duxbury
  • We are currently applying to adopt for the second time and have found the process just as difficult this time. In light of this, does it need to still be so arduous for second timers?
  • We are currently in the adoption process and have recently been approved. We have found the process to be very long and distressing to our family.
  • We are in the extremely fortunate position of having been able to adopt two precious children from Taiwan. Our process took six years. It saddens me greatly so see the process becoming longer and more expensive, knowing there are so many families willing to embrace these children in need.
  • We are in the process of overseas adoption. It is now 4 years since we began the process and having been approved we are still waiting with no end in sight.
  • We are in WA and have been in the process of trying to adopt for 2.5 years. We are still waiting for approval and have found the DCP to be very anti-adoption and unhelpful. Please change the system as many great families like ours really want to adopt children who need loving families,
    Regards
    Kylie and Hugh Rowe and boys
  • We are lucky that people like yourselves exist. Keep up the tremendous efforts.
  • We are one of the lucky families who have made it through the process and have two beautiful and very happy Ethiopian daughters. We support these proposed reforms and hope Australia will become a model country in its capacity to care for orphaned children from across the globe.
  • We are only in doing our initial research and already it appears to be difficult, time consuming and expensive. We have a lot of love to give an orphaned child and we've seen their poverty. It shouldn't be this hard.
  • We are Potential Adoptive Parents, our file has been in Thailand since end Oct 2006 (nearly 17 months)
  • We are supposed to be a child loving and protecting society, looking out for a child's best interests. Give them the best: a loving family so they have a chance in life and learn the value of family life and the security it can bring.
  • we are told that there is less children needed to be adopted then there are couples wanting to adopt. this is just not so what right do we have to bring children into a world when so many need parents. we need the criteria changed and Australians need to be aloud to adopt from more countries lets look after what we already have.
  • We are waiting for our adoption to go through after 4 years so far. Our file has been o/s for 2 1/2 years. The expectation where a total of 2 years.
  • We as a family, Vincent, Cynthia, Adam and Kiara Ursino support this petition regarding intercountry adoption. Please consider the needs, hopes and dreams of Australians in this important matter.
  • we believe in a fair go, give them one.
  • We both feel that things must be made easier for families who are desperately trying to adopt. The heartache pain and suffering these families suffer having to go through such a long-winded procedure is literally unacceptable. Considering other Countries do not have to go through all the red tape as we do here in Australia. We as parents have had to watch our daughter and her husband go through this pain and it seems such a waste of time when there are so many kids out there looking for a loving family.
  • WE call on you The Federal Government to implement at the very least the above 11 recommendations. In addition there needs to be affordable support services for adoptive families to deal with the sometimes complex needs of particularly older adopted children. Such as counselling around attachment issues.
  • We can ease the pain of parents without children and children without parents simply by enacting proper law. The Bible says that "righteousness exalts a nation".
  • We could not believe that after paying tax all our working life that we had to pay $1200. - Australian entry visa fee to bring our daughter home - how unfair!!!
  • We did adopt from Korea some 20 years ago & more stringent than single mothers go through in Aust.
    Many many babies in Korean orphanage for adoption at the time. It was a win win for us & baby Elise.
  • We forget that there are people in this world who are less fortunate than we are. Let's help them live a life where they understand what it is like to be free, something we take for granted.
  • We fully endorse the actions of Adoption Australia.
  • We have a beautiful toddler adopted from overseas who would dearly love & benefit from having a sibling but because of the long convoluted process it will be out of the question for us as we will be too old...its very disappointing
  • We have a beautiful toddler from China and would love to do it again. It should be easier the second time, we should be encouraged by tax breaks etc.
  • We have a board social responsibility to facilitate adoption from other countries
  • We have adopted 1 Ethiopian child and are currently trying to adopt another. We would like this happen quickly so as not to create a significant gap in ages. Already 2 years into second application.
  • we have adopted 2 children from overseas and have bourne the huge emotional and financial cost of the process. Too long, too expensive, too officiated.
  • We have adopted one child and the process took three years. We have a file in China for our second adoption and this process could take up to five years or more!
  • We have been in the adoption process since Nov 2004 and our file has not left Australia. We have 3 children and we hoped the fourth to be close in age to the others, but this is likely not to happen. I expect we are still 3 years away from being allocated a child.
  • We have been thru the intercountry adoption process twice and it has taken us more than 7 years to adopt 2 children. Considering the number of abandoned and orphaned children in the world waiting for a family this is inhuman and directly a result of the red tape and inefficiency of our government run system. Because of this we are considering uprooting our family and moving overseas to adopt a third child because of increased waiting times and our increasing age. The government needs to become more involved and institute change!
  • We have been trying to conceive for nearly 4 years. Please change the laws on adoption as we would make wonderful and caring parents
  • We have been waiting 6 years & have been told maybe 2 more!
  • We have been waiting for an adopted grandchild from Taiwan for over 2 years. It is heart breaking for me to see how hard it is for my daughter and family to adopt an orphan.
  • We have been waiting to adopt for nearly 7 years now. When we first started to apply I contracted breast cancer. Now we have waited 5 year for the all clear. We are starting the process again.
  • We have currently been in the adoption process for four years now from expression of interest to continuing to wait for allocation in Ethiopia (2 1/2years) We will likely get a child over two years and so will not be eligible for mat. allowance. Just not good enough!!!
  • We have family who are trying to adopt their 3rd child. They are the most amazing parents I know and they deserve to be able to love a child of the world. They don't deserve to have to wait because of bureaucracy.
  • We have four grandchildren born in Korea. They are much loved and happy and certainly as much a part of our family as our seven other grandchildren
  • We have one child adopted from China, it took 3 years; it's now been 2 years since we started that same difficult process for our second child, with another two year wait ahead of us. Would love Australia to liase with more countries, eg. US program with Vietnam.
  • We have several friends and family who would dearly love children and would be amazing parents.  We hope life can be made easy for a child and these parents
  • We have so far waited 4 years in the adoption process and we have another 2 years to wait. This is not right!
  • We have some good families here waiting too long!!
  • We have visited overseas orphanages full of children needing families. Why are we waiting?
  • We need a national adoption scheme, as VIC is always more expensive, and longer to wait than all the other states or territory.
  • We need more married people to have children to help with our economy. Married couples wanting children and cant is harden by laws and discriminated against them when wanting to adopt. Come on labour help your fellow Australians by giving them a chance of
  • We now live in the 21st century. If a person is 'unable' to have children why make their life soooooo hard - Give these special children a chance with a loving family.
  • We originally went thought the local adoption process because for financial reasons, but were sorely disappointed not to be allocated a child. Surely all the money the government pours into local adoption, where there are so few children and no travelling costs, would be better spent supporting intercountry adoptive parents through their assessment process
  • We recently enquired about adoption and were completely dismayed at how few countries the Australian deals with. While the service and info available was excellent surely a choice of more countries would benefit all concerned.
  • We recently finalised the adoption of our first daughter from China and are about to start the long and expensive process again!! We would urge the govt to take the steps necessary to implement the recommendations of their recent enquiry into adoption and hopefully things will be easier this time!!!
  • We started the adoption process in February 2005 and are still many years away from adopting a child. This is ridiculous. Australia should be adopting at the same rate as other Western countries.
  • We started the process in August 2005 and have another couple of years to wait, that makes it a 5 year process to adopt a child from overseas, way too long.
  • We support all the adoptive families in trying to speed up the adoption process. We were in NSW batch 21. We waited for 2 years to receive approval in Australia and 7 months once the application reached China. We have friends in other countries who have only had to wait between 9 and 12 months.
  • We support the above petition and hope this will help to resolve the urgent issues affecting those families wishing to adopt children outside of Australia.
  • We thought adoption was supposed to be a service for children. It isn't being run like one. Adoptive families are currently discriminated against in government policy. Please implement the recommendations
  • We totally support Adoption Australia. Having been through the adoption process, it is of upmost importance that it became more streamlined and efficient.
  • We tried to adopt several years ago and were told that we could not adopt an overseas baby because my husband was 40 years old. I was 27 at the time and we couldn't believe that we were considered too old. Very frustrating time for us especially as we knew there were so many children without a loving family.
  • We urgently need to review and revise our adoption procedures!
  • We were allocated our son at 22mths - entered Oz at 26mths so discriminated by government re baby bonus and immunisations. Started process again Jan 06. File to PI August 06. Still waiting for allocation.
  • We would dearly love to adopt a little girl... but too much red tape and crap it's unbelievable
  • We would like to adopt a sister or brother for our adopted daughter Mei who is from Southern China. It is not looking possible and knowing there are many orphanages in China that are not eligible for int adoption can't our Govt support them to help them reach the necessary criteria so more children are able to have a family to love them.
  • We, the first world have an obligation to those who go without. Orphaned children deserve our help and loving families here in Australia want to provide that help. Please let them.
  • Well done on getting this petition started. I have friends who have been waiting forever to be parents because of the lengthy procedure, hopefully this will help the gov. to make their wait shorter & let them experience being parents a whole lot sooner.
  • We've been in the process for three years and two months and have just found out it will probably be over two years until we'll be allocated. This just seems ridiculous. There are so many children in this world needing parents! Why is it five years? And w
  • We've been in the process of adopting a child from overseas for 5 years now... and counting. It's heartbreaking to know that even once our family is formed we will experience discrimination from the government in terms of costs and benefits. Please implement these changes as a matter of urgency. Thank you.
  • What a wonderful idea.
  • What better start could you give to a precious little human being than a loving, caring family? So many couples in Australia are willing to do just that so why not review the policies & give both the children & couples a fulfilling life together. Stop with the barriers and long waiting times, give thought now, not closer to election time.
  • When it's your daughter & son-in-law desperately longing to adopt a child into a loving family it breaks your heart. Why is it so hard & such a long process. Changes need to be made
  • When the Aust Government generously handout money to basically encourage single unwed mothers to keep their babies rather than put them up for adoption to genuinely childless Australian couples, then the law must change!!
  • When there are people who are willing to love and care for children who would otherwise be stuck in orphanages overseas, I don't see why any one in their right mind would deprive those children of being a part of a loving family. The process should be carried out as efficiently as possible to make sure these children are quickly given the chance at a better life.
  • Why is it so hard for Australian families to adopt overseas? Why does it take so long and is so hard to adopt from overseas? Surely there is an easier quicker way? Friends of ours have been through so much for years and are told 'maybe this year!' It is so unfair to them and to all the children waiting in crowded homes in their own countries waiting to be adopted by Australians. Why are we so slow, when other countries have a much quicker process? Please help change the RED TAPE so these children and their prospective families can be united as soon as possible.
  • Why is it so hard to adopt when there’s kids that need a home and a loving family to give the child one...lets change this NOW
  • Why is it that Australian 'Red Tape' is preventing genuine Australian families from adopting children? Australia needs babies, and these poor babies need safe and loving homes... it makes sense!
  • Why is it that so many children need loving homes yet WA aren't willing to help with their crisis.
  • Why is the govt making it so hard for people to adopt?
  • Why make it so difficult for people to adopt? There are so mayn people with fertility problems who would make the best parents ever!
  • why make the children wait longer for parents and homes it does not make sense. my baby gets unlimited love and attention and it is heartbreaking that others go with out. let families bring these children in to their lives to give the kids a chance.
  • Why should children suffer because of the govt's lack of sense?
  • Why should it be so hard to make a family? why is a child over 5 "too old to adopt?" Why is this seen by the government as money making instead of family creating?
  • Why should the children suffer because of government’s lack of caring & action? It’s just not fair.
  • Why the govt doesn’t address the problem in our adoption system is beyond logic. It's not like it will take a massive chunk out of the budget.
  • With all the children in need of a home in the world it is astounding that Australia has made it so difficult to adopt. This country has so much to offer and it is time that it's wealth of opportunity is extended to more of those who need it.
  • With all the wealth in this country it is sad that so many children live in such poor conditions. I'm all for change.
  • With pleasure. We love in a very fortunate country - those
    of us who choose to adopt would be doing a good thing
    to raise that child's education, life-expectancy and future
    in general... what an extraordinary privilege!
  • With so many abandoned children in need of good homes, love and education and so many couples unable to have children of their own it seems that only good can come from making the adoption processes easier and more accessible!
  • With so many children in need of loving families and so many Australian families willing to open their homes and lives to these children, it seems a shame that the Australian government would grossly hinder the process of them getting together. This needs to be rectified for both parties' sakes.
  • with so many children needing families and so many people wanting families it should not be so hard..
  • With so many children needing homes and love from a family, why is it so hard and so long for a loving aussie family to adopt a child.
  • With so many children needing homes, and so many people wanting, hoping to be able to help these children, to take them into their hearts and love them, surely the government can do something to make this unbearable situation better.
  • With so many children throughout the world just dying for want of loving parents to care for them, it's just astounding that you have to be a millionaire Hollywood star to achieve adoption.
  • With so many children who can benefit from the care and love we can give, the system NEEDS to change!
  • With such need for nurturing, loving families, I hope the adoption process can become more streamlined, for the sake of children in need.
  • With the number of couples in Australia unable to have children naturally, making a better life for orphaned and abandoned children through adoption from overseas can also bring much joy to these couples in Australia would be beneficial to both parties.
  • Would love to see children in need placed with families to love and cherish them.
  • Yes, this is necessary. If we don't say anything, nothing will change.
  • Yes, we endorse this petition.
  • You have my backing

 



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