Adoption Australia

Some of the 2014 petition comments we have received so far:

•   Please make adoption easier! Our world needs loving families.
•   I whole heatedly support these recommendations. Change needs to occur in Australia ASAP!
•   There are so many needy children in this world waiting to be loved by willing families in Australia. Please enable this to happen more often and more easily.
•   Australia's adoption system has been broken for a long time. It needs a radical overhaul that will take abandoned children out of institutions & find them the families they should always have had. People's minds need to be opened to & educated about children with special needs.
•   YES YES YES…about bloody time our Aust Govt brought the intl adoption rules out of the dark age….we have 2 beautiful kids from Cambodia and there was ZERO support from Canberra wankers!
•   As an expat Australian living (formerly in Hong Kong and now) in Singapore we would like to see greater support from the Australian Embassy for Australians living in Singapore and wishing to adopt from a third country. At present this is not possible due to the refusal of the Embassy to support inter country adoptions. This is in contrast to the policies of the US Embassy.
•   The child adoption review should also examine the case of Australian expats who are permanently based abroad who are wishing to adopt children. While the foundations of this petition are endorsed, the Government also needs to make provision for those who will not be in a position to return to Australia to start or finalize an adoption process.
•   I have been on the waiting list for 3 years while kids are left waiting in orphanages, it needs to change
•   Australian working overseas who is interested in foreign adoption
•   I support this petition
•   It took 8.5 years to adopt my beautiful daughter from China. The system needs to change from the top down, Mr Abbott, please give this issue the time and resources it deserves.
•   Please support changes.
•   I agree with the above.
•   We would like to see adoptions re-opened for children in Cambodia
•   I would like to see inter-country adoptions taking place with Cambodia.
•   Please implement the above recommendations.
•   I strongly support the recommendations above. There are many children around the world who are in poverty and in need of loving parents and homes.... there are many Australian families willing to provide these loving homes.... if only the Australian Government could provide the opportunity for more families to take up adoption. Possibly the best humnaitarian initiative the Australian Government could provide in 2014 would be to 1). extend the adoption process to more families and establish more international protocols in this area to encourage more international adoptions. Thank you
•   Please take note - we are desperate for more parents to be able to adopt. And the children are desperate too.
•   All kids deserve a loving home.
•   Please adopt the recommendations as outlined above.
•   Please adopt the recommendations as outlined above.
•   I am a single adoptive parent and although my adoption was carried out overseas I wholeheartedly agree with these demands, particularly that regarding the waiver of the immigration fee - at the moment I can't 'afford' for my daughter to be an Australian citizen and have just had to pay for a tourist visa for her for a visit home. (even the people at the embassy think that one is ludicrous).
•   I think the Australian government should do all it can to make adoption from other countries faster and cheaper for Australians. We want more Australians, lets get them here as young as possible, so they are less emotionally damaged and can grow up absorbing our culture.
•   The Federal Government should make it easier for more children to be adopted into Australian families. We had to wait over 5 years to adopt a child from overseas. It is far too long - a change needs to happen quickly for Australian families.
•   Its disgusting that so many children need homes and so many people want to give them homes but there are such severe restrictions on the number of overseas adoptions allowed. Burocracy at its worst.
•   I strongly feel that all children deserve a loving home, where the meeting of their needs is integral and paramount.
•   Please help to give a child a home
•   I am an adoptive parent and I support the above recommendations.
•   Adoption has always been difficult but it seems that it is getting harder and harder. Why?
•   The rules and regulations were a lot different 40 odd yrs.ago.Very hard to adopt from this country,let alone outside Australia.Not being able to have children,it was heartbreaking at the time. Rules and regulations need to be relaxed,along with the cost off adoption overseas.
•   The current policies and practices regarding adoption are not in the best interests of the children. Children and prospective permanent, loving, and supportive adoptive families are kept apart for no good reason. The process can be both thorough and much more efficient if the Government truly wish to prioritise the children.
•   I endorse these recommendations and ask that you implement changes to the adoption "system" in Australia in 2014.
•   I support the above recommendations by adoption australia
•   We have been a part of the adoption process for 6+ years and are still waiting to be allocated a child. The process of being approved by DoCS NSW was difficult and intimidating. I fully support these recommendations for both the good of children awaiting adoption and families wishing to adopt.
•   It is not only good for the kids it is good for Australia,,and politically correct!!
•   Thank you Prime Minister for taking on this much important issue of Adoption,in particular Intercountry Adoption.My husband and I have 8 children 5 of whom are Intercountry Adoptees from Vietnam,Sri lanka and Fiji.They all range in ages from 39years of age to the youngest now 29 all have done extremely well and are much loved in our community.I have continued very much to be involved in intercountry adoption in my home state.thank you so much for taking this onboard and your commonsense approach.
•   I am the mother of a locally adopted son through Victoria's Centacare Catholic Family Services. We adopted our son in 2004 and he is our greatest joy after 6 miscarriages. We are one of the Blessed ones.
•   Government, wake up. You work for us - we pay you - not vice versa. Listen, don't speak.
•   Please help us adopt a child
•   Children without parents need a loving supporting family environment in which to grow into fully actualized adults.
•   Take note please!
•   I support this petition!!!
•   Every child deserves the right to have a loving caring family! I hope this is the start of a big turn around for adoption in our country Lord knows it needs a change for the better!
•   We are currently going through an intercountry adoption process. This is such an important issue so thank-you for giving it the time and attention it deserves.
•   A worthwhile enterprise
•   My husband and i have been trying for a baby for 6 years but with the rules... regulations... time and $$ we are unable to afford ivf and the chance of a beautiful adopted child that we are still wanting to be blessed with.
•   Families come in all shapes and forms and it indeed is more than biology that makes a family.Now is the time to look into Adoption both locally,through foster care and overseas.Its a great step forward.Every child needs a home to grow up safe,loved and supported through life.
•   The current outdated and non-functioning adoption laws need to be changed. There are many wonderful families waiting and many children needing them.
•   Please don't discriminate on the colour of the skin, just remember they are all human and every human needs to be loved in any country that will show them that love & respect. It is the greatest gift we can offer our less fortunate sisters in the world.
•   Every child deserves a loving family. What better addition to Australia could one possibly have.
•   Adoption takes far too long in Australia at present and there are too many barriers, along with the different state processes. We have been involved in the process since 2004 and have still not been able to provide a family for a child. Prior to this it was 20 times at IVF.
•   My husband & I applied to adopt a child back in 2002 in Queensland. We were eventualy assessed in 2007 and our file was sent to China in April 2007. In 2009 we moved to Vic with my husbands work, we have been trying to get our file transferred to Vic for the last 2/3 years to enable us to apply for a special needs child. We were interviewed in Vic in April 2012 with SN adoptiion being our main discussion but our file has still not been transferred to Vic by QLD adoption staff. We find this absolutely unacceptable & very frustrating.
•   Please think about the humanity involved. These children deserve to be able to develop trust relationships with others. If the Government is truly upholding the rights of the child, giving them access to the peace to learn and develop without fear is truly the most child centred gift possible.
•   I fully endorse the above petition.
•   I fully support the above statements made by Adoption Australia and as a one of the adopted children myself, I thoroughly believe that every child has the right to a better and brighter future.
•   We really need to simplify & shorten the adoption process- too many children suffer as a result of the delay.
•   Changes to legislation in this area are long overdue. Well done Adoption Australia for raising some very important issues. Let's hope the government finally make changes to legislation to allow prospective parents to adopt more easily and have the financial support int he process.
•   Please make adoption easier
•   As a previous foster Carer and friends with woman unable to have babies please listen
•   We have been in the adoption program for 7 years now. After 6 years in the inter-country program we had to pull our file out due to India changing its adoption rules and introducing a new system of submitting files and the Australian AGD being extremely rigid and inflexible on submitting files via the new system. We are now in the local program.
•   I have 2 beautiful adopted Ethiopian boys, I beg you to make every effort to give other children the same chance my boys have.
•   Every child deserves love, support, nurturing & love. It's not hard to make these laws easier. I went through intercountry adoption process (Ethiopia) for 8 yrs. Programme suspended then ceased. It kills the prospective parents dreams as well the childrens' future hopes of a family :(
•   Please consider favorably the petition of the rights of all Australians seeking to adopt. Thank you.
•   I have personally seen the joy that interadoption has created - for the benefit of families and those children who otherwise would be spending their lives in orphanages I plead with you to support this request .
•   I support this petition
•   So many couples wanting to become parents, so many children in need of parents. I have lived and worked with both groups. Lets help them meet and make families.
•   Please help make adopting a better process. Thanks
•   We would love the opportunity to adopt again and a special needs child in particular. Please at least facilitate the possibility of this happening. Thank you
•   Children deserve the best parents they can have. prospective parents should have every opportunity to become parents of those children in need.
•   Fully support your efforts, always conditional on limited, but acknowledgment of and or, contact with birth families and culture of origin, ie as in open adoption.
•   Please also address anti-adoption aspects of immigration law where adoptive parents can't be sponsors on an Orphan Relative to reunite siblings.
•   Adoption should be made a process which is possible in Australia. There are many families waiting to bless a child.
•   I ask that these requests be considered as the adoption process in Australia currently are so restrictive and discriminative. Children have no voice but are ring consistently pushed from foster family to foster family or placed back into the arms of abusive families, to be uncared for. They have little chance to settle into the arms of loving families desperate to adopt and make these children their own.. Giving children's sense of true belonging and family.
•   As an adoptive mother, I would like others to experience the joy of adoption and give the children a chance in life to have a loving home.
•   Please consider the children who need to be loved and those who want to love them Regards leanne Kinsella
•   Let's support the the adopting children :-)
•   Please Mr Abbott, give these children the same chance as your own have been lucky enough to have.
•   I am an intercountry adoptee and believe that all children should have the right to a loving home,parents who want and will love them.the Australian Government is doing the right thing for children and all those wonderful prospective families out their who want to adopt,and how wonderful to be able to assimilate into an australian family.i feel so very blessed and a privelage to be an Australian citizen as do all my other brothers and sisters who have also been adopted,I have been back to my country of birth and spent time with my birth mother and her new family,but Australia is my home.
•   I would love for my sister to be able to adopt her boys
•   I have two junior life savers that are adopted and they have beautiful parents
•   As an adoptive mother of 2 children & a battle for the last 6years to adopt a third child, prepared to accept the matching of a child or children from Australia, Foster to Adopt or International. As a approved ans waiting parent waiting desperately to be with our next child/ren who has had so many doors , policies & red tape thrown at me... I urge you to make a difference & make it right!
•   We have missed out in adopting our sons sibling due to the a g d departmental ignorance. Failing to provide assistance to children who are in need is also failing to meet the haigues obligations
•   Adopted parent of 2 beautiful children this country needs to do more all children deserve your attention
•   I ask the government to consider the development of new programs in particular Burundi. My husband and I have adopted a child from Burundi, the adoption was transparent, Burundi is a Hague signatory country, this adoption was initiated by the Queensland State Government. There are 500,000 orphans in Burundi.
•   We have been in the adoption process for 11 years and still waiting to bring our second child home. Thank you for addressing the issues and giving the kids a home.
•   I am an expat, Oz citizen with many friends who have adopted children from all over the world. Help parents make a forever life change for these innocent kids.
•   There are so many children in South East Asia who need loveing parents - they are our neightbours - the Australian gov/ment has not wanted to know about the children in need in Cambodia - I beg Tony Abbott to make the changes to the Adoption laws changes a prioty!!
•   The inequities involved in reunification of adopted children with biological family also needs to be examined. Current immigration laws discriminate against adoptive families in their ability to sponsor the adopted child's biological relatives to visit/study/immigrate
•   I consider that, given the remaining needs of orphaned children for a family , and given that suitable Australian families will continue to offer a home to children, Government has a duty to facilitate the difficult, expensive process for family and child to come together.
•   As an experienced Australian adoption family I can only reiterate the strong need for changes to the current system.
•   There are too many children in orphanages around the world and many loving Australian families who would give them happy loving homes and lives
•   Can we please include the adoptive parent of a sibling as a suitable relative for the Orphan Relative visa subclass except for sponsorship. (Migration Regulations 1994 - Regulation 1.03 which defines a relative for this class of visa http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/Legislation/LegislativeInstrumentCompilation1.nsf/0/B2716FCA3FE4434BCA257785000C2C1A/$file/MigrationRegs1994Vol1.doc).
•   I SUPPORT THIS PETITION
•   I support this petition
•   I support this Petition
•   Adoption should be a consideration for every child, WHEN it is determined that all supports have been sensibly exhausted to provide that child with ALL of his or her human rights in their birth family. No child should be denied the chance to find a protective and loving, because adoption is not an option made available to them, adoption restores Children's Rights.
•   Would love to be able have mote opportunity to adopt .
•   Strongly supporr
•   I truly support any adoption partition that allows healthy married couples to adoption locally or overseas, the waiting time needs to be reduced . That's in the best interestest of the children.
•   It's important for all children to have the possibility Of a loving home, and loving parents. Please give the the possibility
•   All child should have the right to family love Parents or should I say people who want to become parents should not have to fight so hard to adopt these precious chilren. The politicians should look to making beautiful family's. May God show you the way
•   every child deserves a family no matter where they are from.
•   We have been lucky enough to have adopted a Chinese girl in 2005 and she is gorgeous. We had two years from start to adoption, which was a long enough wait. We went through the Agency at the time, and we have nothing but praise for them. We had no problems at all.Australian parents are a wonderful option for these kids and it should much be easier than it is at the moment.
•   We have 3 sons adopted from through inter country adoption 5 years ago. We would like to see more families formed this way especially sibling groups of 2 or 3 being adopted into Australia as well as the older child. Thank you
•   I suppot this petition
•   Please make it easier and less costly,less red tape and expense to adopt these unwanted overseas orphans that Aussies can give a good,loving home to SOON RATHER THAN LATER PLEASE
•   Please introduce a 'one door' approach to adoption, especially in communicating with other countries to ensure the best possible results for children needing adoption. It is all about the world nurturing it's children and not being restricted by boarders and governments.
•   Every kid deserves great future!!
•   This is a cause for good.
•   Desired...Greatly Reduced time frame and fees. Acceptance of special needs children and sibling groups. Adoption staff who believe in adoption in all forms not anti adoption and those who will facilitate adoptions not put obstacles in the way. Children want families...to be loved and belong!
•   I'm adopted. It was the most precious gift I and my family cld have been given. I can't understand why governments make inter country adoption so difficult. Love and stability should always prevail.
•   So many more children would have a loving family if the restrictions and years of waiting were reduced.I am so lucky to have two beautiful adopted Thai children to share my life with.
•   As a Kinship carer in QLD I have witnessed a lot of children been returned to Parents even when there is still risk of harm . We ourselves have pleaded with Child Safety not to return our Grand children to the Parents as the children where at great risk of harm . Still they are returning these Children . How many chances do these Parent get before somebody in authority stands up for the children and puts a limit on how many chances the Parents receive . These children in foster care are being abuse by the Parents and by the system . Going back and forwards from Parents to back into care is destroying these children's life's and our future generations of Australia .Adoption is the only way to save and give these children a future
•   To ignore the desperate needs of children who could so easily be helped by willing loving available prospective adoptive parents seems so wrong
•   Please.
•   As a foster care parent who is trying to go down the adoption route with a child who has been in my families care since 8 days old(he is now 3.5years)I believe both Intercountry and local adoptions legislation need to be changed to be child focused not government focused.
•   I was adopted from Sri Lanka at the age of four and have grown up in Australia. I have signed this petition as I believe in Intercourntry Adoption and want to see more couples to be able to adopt. I am also an Advocate for the children, the children who are still in need of a loving home and the opportunity to have an education and all other opportunities such as I have had. Now it is my turn, I will be a voice and advocate fot the thousands of children still in orphanages waiting. Speak to the Adoptees as we know more than anyone what it is like and the change you can bring by making these changes in Intercourntry Policy.
•   This process and consideration is long overdue and an imperative. It would also be of major assistance to the orphaned children in so many war torn countries. Why should the children suffer when there are suitable parents willing and able to adopt. Georgina Aouad
•   please help children who need parents find them quickly and ensure their security long-term
•   As adoptive parents to two children we fully support all that you can do to make adoption easier, more available and supported in Australia. This will change our country in ways that will only make her more humane and thus, a greater country.
•   I am an adoptive father. I support any initiative to make Australia a more adoption friendly country. There are many babies who need a forever family and so many couples that would lovingly welcome these babies
•   I am an adoptive father. I support any initiative to make Australia a more adoption friendly country. There are many babies who need a forever family and so many couples that would lovingly welcome these babies
•   The whole process needs to be reviewed so the whole process does not take 5 to 7 years on average. It should also be equitable and a more efficient process.
•   We are currently Kinship Carers and have been for the last three years. We have seen first hand the importance of a child focussed adoption system in both NSW and Qld. We see the need for a change in legislation and support this petition fully.
•   please change the adoption rules to help all countries children find a caring aussie family
•   Please make the changes recommended
•   There should be a legislated financial cost system for the entire process from beginning to actual adoption, that does not discriminate against low income applicants.
•   Adoption allows all children to grow up in a family unit which is important to everybody's sense of belonging.
•   Yes the process for adoption of overseas children needs to be quicker, easier and not as costly. Open up adoption with other countries to reduce the waiting periods and provide happy homes for children and people that want to be parents!
•   What if it was you, as a helpless child, needing a family, a safe place to sleep, ANYONE to care....?? Help good smart capable caring people be able to give children the best life possible.
•   10 years to adopt 2 children..is to long!!!!!
•   As the parents of two adopted children there is no looser in our situation. Compare this with our children staying in an unsafe situation in their country of birth! We have seen firsthand hundreds of children in the same situation as our children. Intercountry adoption is win win.
•   As a soon to be adoptive parent for an overseas adoption, the current process is overly complex, expensive and lengthy, negatively impacting both the adoptee and the adoptive parents.
•   Would like the combines age of adoptive parents reduced so that older parents can adopt. Adoption would have been my first choice however we had to go through lengthy, costly IVF rounds to have a child. We could have given a adoptive child a stable, happy loving home but were discounted due to age. I was 39 at the time and told I had no chance.
•   I am an adoptive parent of two beautiful children. I am very excited that the PM is looking at improving the current adoption process to assist children to find loving parents. My children have changed my live for the better and i will be raising them up to be good citizens of Australia. Best Wishes PM
•   I would like to see more children from home-find lists being adopted to Australia.Adoption needs to be a lot quicker than it is at the moment.No child should spend their child hood in an orphanage!When families here in Australia will adopt these children.
•   I am a foster carer and have experienced first hand the abuse inflicted on children by our state simply because they was unlucky enough to be born into a family with problems. The children continue to be abused becuase parents in our country have far too many rights over children that they cannot themselves raise. Please stop this abuse and allow ALL children the right to be safe and loved.
•   Children have a right to feel loved & vauled in a 2 parent home . to have aright to a mother & father, education & to have a childhood . I support a married couple being able to adopt a child/children & give them a better life. I do believe these people need to be screened appropiately & be in a finical position to adequately care for these children.
•   Good negotiators are required to get programs up and running with overseas agencies. Please make this happen!
•   I am a parent of two adopted Ethiopian daughters and wholeheartedly support reform of the adoption processes in Australia - to increase the reach and speed of adoption procedures and support.
•   Think of the children!
•   Maybe wait times for adoption could also be addressed
•   Please consider the above recommendations positively. As an adoptive parent I can certainly confirm the dire need for reform in this area. Your sincerely.
•   Should be easy option to have to adopt a child and nurture it n give it luv n a house.
•   Nothing should impede the adoption of babies into loving and caring homes. The current system which is so lengthy means that by the time adoption does occur, the babies are toddlers or older and the trauma of the experience is enormous for these children, instead a seamless and early.
•   I support this petition
•   Foster care is a wonderful facility and i support any initiative that can enhance the lives of young people.
•   It is so pitty that the child need to wait so long before they come to adopted family. It will be a lot easier for both parties to start as soon as possiBle
•   The cipher rent system is beurcratic and overly burdensome on families
•   i am grandmother to 2 adopted children and i would like many other children to receive the love that my grandchildren receive by all our family and friends
•   I strongly support easier adoption procedures for married couples
•   about time some thing was done 5to7years is to long.best of luck.
•   The process needs improving so that Children and babies are with their new families as soon as possible, a baby that is given up at six months old should not have to be away from their new family for another year or more.
•   Every child needs a mum and a dad. Help us make that happen
•   My sister was lucky enough to adopt my adorable niece Yeonee from Sth Korean which is great - the biggest problem is the amount of time it took from the beginning process to the point of collection from Korea - almost 10 years NOW that is seriously a worry - this is a major problem and should be looked at seriously by the government it should not take this long - cut all the bullshit politics and please help all the very deserving couples who want to give a happy heathy and loving home to all those children who want to be loved and have a safe and warm home to grow-up in -IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES
•   Please think about all the children who need good homes to flourish in life.
•   The government should be more supported with all the families. Having a kid is a blessing and unfortunately some families can't have their own thanks to a government that makes the process of adopting really difficult for them!
•   I support Adoption Australia recommendations to the PM! Parents aren't the ones who conceived but the ones who raise. Every child deserves to be happy in a healthy and lovely environment.
•   make adoption easier
•   Post adoption is the most important issue to address.
•   I couldn't agree more!
•   I am in a long term and very stable same sex relationship and we would love to adopt a child but our government doesn't allow it. Yet we can easily become Foster carers. It makes no sense. Equal rights please.
•   I support this bill. Having been a foster parent for over 18 years we love our kids and would adopt them in a heartbeat if allowed
•   As a foster carer I see such broken lives come through our home.. Adoption is the way to go so these children can have a loving normal life that should be every child's right .we cater too much to the parents right and the child is being damaged along the way.ive seen parents who rip off the system and use their children to do it
•   As an adoptive mum,an approved foster carer and as someone who has volunteered in a 4th world country, adoption is a necessity for so many children. Here in Australia we do post adoption support so well. I support checks and balances to be in place for the protection of the children, but Australia has so much to offer these children and in turn support their culture and needs!
•   It is a must to change the laws. I am adopted my sister is adopted and my cousin is adopted. We are so happy in our families and it wa very hard back then for our parents to get us. Now it is just ridiculous. If the PM thought about is the people who want to adopt have incomes an support their family. Most I the participants who would put their new born up for adoption would be funded by the tax payer only putting more pressure on the economy. It will not fix the budget but every little bit counts.
•   These children need all the love and support and stability on their lives.
•   As an adopted child now aged 40 I believe this is an important step towards supporting the families who are able to provide for a child.
•   I think it is so wrong that we are in 2014 and caring foster parents are not allowed to adopt there children even though they know those kids will never go back to the biological parents. Also why is it that it is so difficult to adopt in Australia and people wait years and still don't get the opportunity yet if a 16 goes and get pregnant and is on drugs they get to keep there baby yet there are so many wonderful people waiting to love and care for a child and will never get a chance.
•   International adoptions rules need to be changed to facilitate adoptions by Australian citizens, especially those working and living overseas for extended periods. Changes would permit parents and children to visit Australian relative and permits subsequent return for residency in Australia
•   I strongly believe in this!!!!
•   Vital change.
•   Prioritise the rights of children while legislating and administrating adoption services.
•   Adopted children and adoptive parents should definitely have the same rights as birth children and parents.
•   There are so many couples who can't have their own children and who would make WONDERFUL parents. Such a shame the laws make it virtually impossible for them to adopt. Life without children is a much poorer life.
•   We need to support the persons who have adopted orphaned children with the belief that they can give these children a quality of life they would never have in their own country by being able to bring them back to Australia, to raise as their own, educating and bringing quality life as part of the extended family unit in Australia.
•   Could we also fight for the rights of the handful of inter-country adoptive children and parents who are in legal limbo due to NSW State Supreme Court Law as it applies to dispensing with consent of birth parents.
•   I am seeking the implementation of the Adoption Australia recommendations to the PM.
•   Every child deserves to be loved and cherished and adults who cannot have a child of their own for whatever reason but want to love and cherish a child deserve that opportunity
•   I know many beautiful lovely people who would adopt in a heart beat - either in Australia or Internationally! The number of Orphans in the world is tragic BUT we continue to have this archaic legislation - amazing - poor children and poor parents waiting to offer a loving life!!
•   My sister and her husband have adopted a little girl in Cambodia her name is Soriya. They have been unable to come home to Australia even just to visit it has been 3 years now. I am signing this petition to help in any way I can for my sister to come home with her little girl so that she can grow up with the rest of her family here in Australia and be reunited again with my sister.
•   I am signing this petition for my sister in law and brother in law who have adopted a little girl in cambodia. They are outstanding Australian tax paying citizens who are unable to come home to their own country and be reunited with their family.
•   Let us adopt children that need homes and love and most of to be and feel part of a loving family
•   Children have the right to be loved, not abused
•   Please help those that have a living home to give
•   This is long overdue.
•   We have two locally adopted children and one biological child. We are very fortunate. A speedy decision in permanent care cases is something we would like to see greatly improved. All help possible to the birth family, but a quick decision once it is determined that it is in the best interest of the child to be removed.
•   Thank you, change is needed now.
•   Thanks
•   Totally support this.
•   I strongly endorse this petition. Local and intercountry adoption is a legitimate and viable option to provide children with a safe, nurturing and stable family life which is the successful foundation of the next generation.
•   Children need families!Not a life in an orphanage
•   This is a terribly important area where a lot of good can be done with careful thought, open minds,and consulting people who have children's and families' needs as their first priority. Thanks
•   For all our sakes.
•   All children should have a loving home.
•   I fully support these recommendations.
•   Many family have so much love to give and so many children around the world need that love. Please make is easier for everyone.
•   We are currently going through the application process and it needs to be dramatically improved. We have already been in the process for for two years and our application hasn't even gone overseas yet.
•   We need to improve the adoption process for those less fortunate.
•   Adoption is win/win. Children get loving parents who really want them. And people who can't get pg naturally, can have a child(ren) to love!!!
•   Because its the right thing to do..
•   Adoption - like most things - can be done well or done poorly. In 2014 Australia knows the difference and all stakeholders benefit with best practice adoption.
•   We have one daughter from Taiwan and we are waiting to be allocated with another child from Taiwan. It took 2.5 years to go through the process for our first child and 13 months for our second child (from EOI to waiting for allocation). Luckier than most!!!
•   A change needs to happen. This process is to long and Heart breaking.. There shouldn't be a 8 yr wait to be able to adopt a child.. There is so many families that will be good parents. It took my cousin 8 yrs to get a little boy and had to wait 15mths to get him after being told he was theirs!
•   My wife and I have one biological child and an adopted child from overseas. Having an adopted child has been a tremendous blessing for our family. I strongly support moves to make this possible for more couples who desire to be parents.
•   Adoption in Australia has many prohibitive barriers. I had completed my adoption of our chineses daughter in USA and it was an extreamly positive experience. The factors that made this expereince positive was a process that was transparent, fair and suppportive to parents seeking adoption. The culture of American adoption embrances the concepts and is richer in understanding of the need; parental and child and societal than I have ever expereinced here in Australia. To change the Australian expereince/attitude and results of adoption in Australia, I support the Australian PM's initiatives.
•   Adoption laws in this country are outrageously difficult to navigate at the expense of loving prospective parents and most importantly at the expense of vulnerable children requiring consistency, opportunities and love.
•   Please support adoption in Australia
•   This is a win win situation for doting parents and under privileged kids. GET IT HAPPENING
•   I fully support this petition and inter-country adoption. I particular articles 20 and 21 of the UN Convention on the Right of the Child.
•   Experiencing with my family the adoption process after 7 years 23 months of this waiting for the childs paperwork to be processed. The joy and love he has brought to our family is indescribable. But the process is painful and needs to be changed.
•   I pray that laws on adoption will change quickly because couples and children are hurting and all need a family environment to live and love in.
•   I fully support the recommendations to the Prime Minister to enable easier adoption. A consistent, easier approach to adoption must be provided to people willing to adopt.
•   I have always been an advocate of adoption being an easier option for those that were interested.
•   I fully support the recommendations to Mr Abbott.
•   I know a family who is desperate to include another child into their lives and have jumped through numerous hoops and spent a lot of money trying to make this happen. Surely there can be a better way.......
•   please make adoption process a little less stringent and don't make adoptees go through "foster" make adoption the only option! Fostering can have a serious inmpact on children who are sent from household to household and not all foster carers are good people!
•   So many families are waitiing, wishing and hoping for children..... So many children are waiting, wishing and hoping for a loving family
•   Anything should be done to prioritise the child's well-being and rights. That is what is most important here - not any biological or adoptive parent's.
•   Please put legislAtion in place to enable desperate people adopt from places where children are in need such as Vietnam etc
•   Let's get rid of the bureaucratic red tape as soon as practicable and give these beautiful deserving children a loving home with loving parents.
•   It would be good for kids to be bought up in a loving and stable environment to become giving adults.
•   All children should be given a loving home. Please make the process easier.
•   Please allow those children so in need of love to be adopted in Australia. We are such a lucky country, others should be able to experience it!!
•   Reforms are seriously needed in all facets of adoption in Australia. Lets hope this all results in action and progress and the formation of many new adoptive families accross the country.
•   ask yourself... if you grew up in an orphanage with a seemingly bleek and opposing future would you now be in a position to make meaningful change? It's about time!
•   Please simplify the adoption procedure and make the new rules national. It is now far too hard , expensive and invasive. Adopting a second child should also be simplified. If authorities are satisfied the first child is being treated well then the second adoption should be much quicker.
•   All children deserve a loving family Any group residence IS NO place for a child Intercountry adoption needs to easily accessible.Children should not have to wait for families
•   All Children have the right to a family that loves them. If this can not be their birth family (for whatever reason) then it should be an adopted family, who will love any child they are privileged to adopt. Adoption should be a right for any child without a loving family and Australia should ensure that this is an option for all children without a family and all Adults who would love to adopt and give a child a loving family.
•   Making this process more streamed lined, and the cost more realistic. My wife and I consider adoption 10 years ago. The red tape was ridiculous.
•   I have dear friends that would love nothing more that to give a beautiful child a deserving home and so many children that need loving parents. Why is it so hard to do? Please sign this petition and make more people aware of this heartbreak.
•   There are so many kids out there waiting to be adopted - why does the Government make it so hard for people to adopt?
•   In 2006 we spent 2 weeks in an orphanage in China, in preparation for adopting our own children. In particular we worked with the kids with disabilities. They were beautiful children who need love and care that is focused on them. The deserve this.
•   I believe that every child deserves the right to grow up in a loving and supportive family environment and that the best interest of each individual child should be paramount when making decisons for their future.
•   Every child deserves the right to grow up in a loving and supportive family environment and the best interest of each individual child should be paramount.
•   many people are unable to have children, this option is a way to aid these families and the children.
•   My husband and I waited almost 5 years after our initial application to adopt. We are so happy to have our beautiful daughter and she was happy to leave an institutional life. It should not have taken so long for NSW DOCS to approve us as adoptive parents. It could have been done much faster with more staff. There was unneccessary and painful delay. I support this petition!
•   It's rediculouse that after 5 years of battling infertility and trying for my own biological child that I would make a decision to give another child the love and devotion as if they were my own, only to discover that I am faced with another 6 year wait! How can there be children living in orphanages around the world and people willing to adopt them, yet because the government feels that it's not a viable country, I miss out???
•   There are children who need parents that love and support them and there are parents who would cherish these children it should not be made difficult to achieve an outcome that would benefit society to no end.
•   It should not be so hard for these loving people to adopt a child. They just want to give a child a chance in life & share their love.
•   Every child deserves to grow up in a loving family environment.
•   So many people are wanting children when they can't have them naturally. Trying IVF to no avail., so many children wanting love & security to no avail. Surely good , honest people should not have to wait years for a family to love.Shorten the list by not so many regulations.
•   Please make adoption process easier and quicker for Australian children to be able to be homed in caring and supportive homes. I have heard it's easier to pay for an Indian surrogacy or adopt a child from India than one of our own Australian orphans and that doesn't seem right.
•   Please help us to help children in need find a permanent family and streamline the process so adoptive parents can be assured of a supportive, proactive process from their government representatives.
•   There are plenty of good people in Australia who for one reason or another cannot have children of their own and still have plenty of love to give to a child in need. Why would anyone deny these people the right to have or be part of a family! Come on decision makers have a heart!
•   As the former President of the NSW Adoptive Parents Association, I strongly believe adoption needs to focus on the needs of the child, in both intercountry and local placements. Please keep the children at the forefront.
•   Please let childless people become parents and love children who deserve it.
•   Such a worthwhile petition!! Support these beautiful people who adopt beautiful children!!!
•   Please allow beautiful people to adopt so they can experience the joy of parenting. Also there is a lot of beautiful little people out there just needing to be loved
•   Make it affordable and we will adopt. Why not use the money (+50K) towards the child instead?
•   I am signing in the hopes that the laws are changed so my sister and brother in law can come home with their adopted daughter from Cambodia after 3 years of being away (due to the Australian laws).
•   I absolutely support a change to the adoption process in Australia that will change the lives of so many.
•   tragedy there are so many abortions in Australia
•   Please Mr Abbott allow Cambodian adoptitions to be possible for Australians. So many families are waiting to love and support these beautiful little children. I have great faith in you as an Australian a Father and a Christian to change the existing laws.
•   Every child deserves to be in a happy and health home
•   Let foster carers adopt the children if they wish.
•   Please make it easier for Australians to adopt children from overseas. We all need to do what we can
•   Australian adoption laws are absolutely disgusting and so behind the times and not in the interest of our children. Our children need secure, consistent, loving homes, not to be put from foster home to foster home. Wake up Australia!
•   Because kids are our country's future. If we don't take care of them now what hope so they have?
•   Every child deserves to feel loved and there are lots of good people willing to share their lives with them.
•   This needs to happen NOW!
•   Make it easier to give children without loving families somewhere to call home!!!
•   Yes there were forced adoptions in the past but restrictions have gone too far now and it is long past time to reform the laws.
•   I 100% support this movement.
•   This is a must
•   Everyone deserves to have love in their life and to be loved. These parents should have the chance to give these beautiful special children the chance to live a wonderful full life , with all the love that these parents can give. Want to give with all there heart
•   I support this petition
•   Cut the red tape and give these kids a loving home to parents who will love, cherish & adore them!
•   All people who want and yearn to parents Should be given the opportunity .....
•   This is so needed to help the children in need of families and the couples who have the potential to be great parents but cannot have children. It's a win / win cause.
•   There are some amazing people in the world who would give anything to have a child of there own, and some cannot.... I hope it can be made easier for these beautiful people to give their love to a child who needs love in return...
•   Make it easier for adoption in Australia so many people find it difficult to have children who desperately what children Australian have to much red tape
•   It saddens me to think of the lost life opportunities from a child's view and also lost opportunities from people who so willingly want to be parents. Reopening inter country adoption program's that are currently closed reignites HOPE for both sides.
•   If our adoption laws weren't so stupid I would have been able to adopt and give a couple of children a loving home.. let us follow the USA and get rid of all the red tape
•   Streamlining the adoption process through a central body and a ONE DOOR approach would certainly benefit both prospective families and children in need of a family. Post adoption support through the same organisation would also be of benefit to both the family and child.
•   I would love to adopt an Aussie kid
•   It is so hard at the moment adopting kids from other countries, with long waiting times and ridiculous restrictions on specific countries, please help support parents like us who genuinely want more kids and sometimes adoption seems like the only way, thousands of kids and thousands of parents waiting, help this genuine cause, please !!
•   I support change and this petition
•   I couldn't imagine my life without my children, give these families the opportunity to love some children in need, and for them to be able to be parents, its life's greatest pleasure!
•   As an adult adoptee and adoptive mother to two beautiful children adoption is a wonderful way to have a family. Mr Abbott please support and help Australian families adopt. The eyes of children left at my children's orphanage haunt me. There were hundreds......all needing families to love them. Families we have in Australia.
•   I've worked in a disabled Chinese orphanage. Australia needs to change the adoption rules to allow us to adopt these beautiful children.
•   There are many Australian families wanting to adopt children from different countries throughout the world. There are many children waiting for families to adopt them in the world. Our Australian adoption system is archaic and really needs overhauling, to enable families a chance and the children a chance. As a mother of two girls from China, having adopted out of Australia because Queensland would not allow me to adopt as a single woman, I feel I can say with first hand experience, that the system is flawed.
•   A first world country should have first world regulations regarding adoption. Please Australia, there is a big area of opportunity.
•   I urge the government to consider the plight of Australian expats who have adopted overseas. Due to the current atmosphere of over cautiousness I am unable to take my 3 year old daughter back to Australia, even for a visit with her family. The Australian Embassy wld prefer that she was never removed from the orphanage.
•   These people want to adopt children that need a home. Please support
•   I support this petition
•   The process is broken, fix it!
•   I support this petition
•   Loads of childless couples would like the opportunity to adopt a needy child.
•   My husband and I have been trying to adopt 3 children from Kenya for the past 4 years. We hope this petition changes the laws so that the process is shortened. As these children are missing out by not being with our family. We will never give up hope that one day we can all be together in Australia. These children deserve to grow up in a loving stable family instead of an orphanage in Kenya.
•   I'm signing this so dreams of becoming a family come true
•   All children deserve a loving family, please cut our waiting times as it's also their waiting time longing for a family. 6 yrs wait is not justifiable!
•   Plesse allow this everuone deserves the opportunity yo be loved nurtured and cared for. It doesnt matter where they are. If these people are offering a to give a loving home to a chilx with none if should be allowed
•   Please assist children and awaiting parents and make changes
•   Having worked with children in care of the Queensland government for 23 years, I have observed the continual abuse of children emotionally by being in care till 18 when everyone know's these children are not going home, they should be put up for adoption ,while still having contact with extended family.
•   Change has been required for sometime. There are too many children, local and internationally, who need parents and a stable home.
•   Please please please make adoption easier for Aussies...
•   Please consider these necessary changes to the Australian adoption system, particularly in regards to intercountry adoption for expats living and working overseas.
•   My husband and I have two sons that we have adopted as expatriates. They have brought us and our extended family much joy and love. We want as many families as possible to have the opportunity to adopt.
•   Have a couple of friends who have had the heartbreak of doing IVF for around 5 years and still no luck. Let them adopt while they are still young, they would make brilliant parents.
•   Hopefully this will speed up adoption for the sake of many children who could find loving homes but are denied that right by government bureaucracies!!!
•   Please support the above petition
•   Please allow all children in the world to grow up in a loving family and country - The children are our future - Please do the right thing by them - thank you.
•   I am the proud aunt of two nephews by international adoption and fully support Adoption Australia.
•   I support these recommendations for improving intercountry adoption processes and also request that the Govt make changes in domestic adoption practices to help find homes for Australian children who are unable to live with their family of origin.
•   Let's make adoption policy that puts the best interests of the child first. Every child deserves a forever family, both Australian children and children from around the world.
•   After contributing to the 2005 House of Reps Inquiry, it is frustrating to see that ICA has gone backwards in Australia. It is time to step up and give children in need the families they deserve!
•   I wholly support a review of adoption legislation. Our process was long and ardous, with every aspect of our lives coming under the microscope of DOCS. By the end we'd been blood tested, fingerprinted, police checked, financially scrutinised and even had to provide an opinion on my husbands life expectancy. It took 18 months just to move our file from the social workers desk in Sydney. We're one of the lucky ones, bringing home our son in May '12 after 5 years. Under the current system, he's our one and only. This system is broken.
•   I think all children from other countries deserve the right to be bought up in Australia with loving parents prepared to give them a good home adoption in this country is far too hard
•   Sort this mess out and let Australian people make a difference
•   It's time for change please.
•   Foster parents should be allowed to adopt
•   A more positive approach needs to take place surrounding adoption, not only to make it quicker for family's and couples but in fact possible. It took my family 6 years of pushing and fighting to adopt my younger sister, the process started when I was 12, we were only able to pick her up recently. I am now 18 and leaving home to attend university, I have hardly had more than 6 months of living with her to get to know her well.
•   We are in the process of adopting and any help with speeding the process up would be fantastic for us, other families and more importantly, the children.
•   Makes sense.
•   People incapable of bearing their own should have the right to raise, love and care for those who have nobody who can
•   There are so many kids who need love and care and so many adults who would be great parents if given the chance.
•   Adoption shld be made an easier process in Austraia. I know people who have given up because of all the red tape and heartache
•   Please make the adoption process easier. Do it for the kids!
•   Come on prime minister it's time to change
•   Adoption is hard...but beautiful. Don't make it harder than it has to be.
•   It is essential to support this petition for all families.
•   Don't continue to punish those that have been punished enough by unforeseen circumstances or illness leaving them childless with limited choices!
•   My boss went through the same thing. Though I believe that there should be stricked guide lines for adoption. Some are just beyond a joke
•   If not for adoption, I would not have my two beautiful grandsons. These little boys were adopted in Singapore as it was in the 'too hard' basket to try and adopt in Australia. Shame on Australia!
•   All kids need love
•   I've experienced first-hand the challenges and joys of adoption in Australia, and witnessed impressive resilience of some special people determined to create sensible change for children in need and families. We desperately need these changes!
•   When there are children needing loving homes and parents wanting to provide them, there shouldn't be such a prolonged process.
•   all children deserve the right to be loved without red tape blocking this occurring
•   As an adoptive parent I rode the rollercoaster of adoption some 12 years ago. The ride was easier than most as we were expats at the time and had to meet the legal requirements of the country we were residing in at the time. Little did we know that once our little one was with us that the most difficult part was yet to come ........ we had to deal with the Australian Government !! The memories of that experience are still "raw" after all these years.
•   I long to adopt a child but currently it is so expensive It is simply not an option for us
•   What is the one thing that you would want more than anything in the world? And You would give anything just to have it? Even if that meant a sacrifice of any other thing in your life? And how heartbreaking would it be for YOU if you could not achieve this? I have a girlfriend Who is very close to me, she's almost like a sister... and The ONE thing That she wants more than anything in her life, is to have a baby and be a mother.... But this is not as easy for her as it is for some.... And this breaks my heart to see the pain that she has to go through to miss out on this... Both physically and emotionally. Just put yourself in her shoes.. how would this make you feel??
•   I support this petition. Please make the processes and procedures fair, equal and clear across states. Remove the anti adoption climate. Ensure a high standard with other countries to prevent miss management and corruption. Please fix the system. It is just too hard.
•   Changes need to be made. Adopting parents have to wait far too long. They have so much love to give.
•   As the adoring Aunty to two beautiful children from Taiwan, I wish for all families to experience the joy that my sister, her husband and our entire family have since welcoming them to Australia. It was a ridiculously long hard road that should be so much easier than it currently is.
•   I can't have children so my only choice is adoption. I would rather adopt a child from a less fortunate country to give them love, peace, a home and above all to give them the right to be child
•   I am an adopted child whom knows how important it is for babies/children to be placed in a loving home. My sister adopted from overseas many years ago and our niece is much loved and has brought great joy to all the family.
•   My wife is adopted, and our daughter came to us through Permanent Care. We hope that local children with permanent case plans are allowed to experience a real forever family, rather than an "until your 18" family. We want these children to have permanent legal connections to the families who raise them, as they deserve nothing less. It is after all not their fault that their birth parents were unable to be parents to them.
•   We support this petition
•   Change is needed, for the prospective parents but more so that children like my nephew from Thailand can arrive earlier in their lives and spend more of their formative years amongst people loving and caring for them
•   The current process is unnecessarily, long, expensive and involves way too much red tape. Serious reforms are needed URGENTLY!
•   About time that it was made a little easier for people to adopt from overseas & locally. Adopting has made my life complete.
•   We were fortunate enough to adopt an Ethiopian daughter when she was one years old. Birhan is now eight. We would like other children and potential mothers and fathers to have the opportunity to be a family and have such a wonderful life.
•   This is WAY overdue
•   Where there are children who legitimately need a safe and loving home, and where there are people who dream of being able to provide that home, I support Adoption Australia in their desire for the Government to sreamline arrangements that enable them to come together
•   There has to be a way to make the adoption process better. There are too many children suffering when there are loving and caring families waiting (and waiting) to welcome them into their homes.
•   As a health professional I work with many children in foster care and support the need for these children to have a consistent, caring and predictable environment to facilitate success with learning and future relationships.
•   Long term fostering is unfair on all parties involved. Time to update our adoption laws, they're ridiculous!
•   If it is ok for foster parents to look after other peoples children, it should be ok for them to adopt those children. I believe that the system at the moment does not have the best interests of the children at heart.
•   Foster Carers should be able to adopt the children in their care. These children deserve a safe and loving home.
•   What could be more important than these children being loved and cared for- for the rest of their lives!
•   Love and attachment is vital for children's healthy development. Timely adoption processes that give children who need them loving homes is morally right. We in Australia have the capacity and the public passion to provide loving permanent families to children locally and internationally. As signatories of the UN we fail in our obligations by allowing orphans to languish through Bureaucratic red tape and the irresponsible use of cultural discourse!!
•   Adoption both within Australia and inter-country should be made an easier process and a priority, as there are so many loving couples ready, willing and capable to raise a child, and provide what orphaned or other parentless babies and young children most need.
•   Every child deserves to be loved and cared for regardless of culture/ race. Please sign so we can all achieve our life long dreams of giving back to help our next generation grow successfully.
•   1. More action to give children parents in stable homes 2. with Aussie & commonwealth values. 3. Stop money getting into the hands of anyone relinquishing a child, but don't punish children if they're victims of trafficking (like Australia is now).
•   It is disgusting how the officials can stop adoption at the drop of a hat when there are so many needy children and couples in the world waiting to be a family. These people are put through the grinder time and time again after waiting for so long for a child/children and have gone to extraordinary lengths to adopt.
•   Please help to make the adoption process,quicker, less Intimidating. Allow children and parents to get on with their lives please
•   The adoption process is in much need of improvement. I support all of the above recommendations.
•   There are too many wonderful parents in this world who cant have children that deserve to share their love with the disadavantaged. open the gates that so many wish to see.
•   It should be so much easier for us to adopt to complete our family.
•   Even the beginning process of adoption is outdated and too slow. We just sent away (by mail with a money order) our expression of interest for adoption. Why couldn't this have been done online? Weeks later we got a letter back saying we will be contacted in the future- how long will we have to wait? This wasn't even the adoption assessment. The whole thing needs a major review.
•   I wholly support the recommendations presented to the PM by Adoption Australia.
•   I was adopted in 1984 by Linda and Colin Beruldsen and without this opportunity I would still be in a 3rd world country possibly starving. so come on Aussie Government support this cause!!!
•   Having seen the agonizing process, the years it took and the exorbitant costs our daughter and husband experienced in adopting 2 children from Taiwan, I fully support this petition. Wendy Brophy
•   Please improve process now not somewhere out in the future.Please retire government employees who are overbearing or insensitive to the needs of adoptees and parents.
•   All children need to be loved, and have the right to be made to feel secure, safe, happy, and to have a blessed and beautiful childhood in a family environment which will lead to a happy, successful adulthood.
•   Something needs to improve.....6 years to adopt our daughter in 2013 was ridicules. Government employees did their best but system full of bureaucratic red tape that makes it impossible.
•   Lets help these children have a wonderful loving life instead of a life of misery!!
•   My question is why adoption so hard within Australia? Mistakes were made in the past - but why does this affect those wanting to adopt now?
•   I support this petition. There are so many children needing a loving home and so many families willing to give those children one so why is it so difficult?
•   I would love to meet my beautiful niece who is living in Cambodia.
•   Thousands of children would benefit from being able to be adopted by Australian families.
•   Help give children in need to loving and caring families who can provide stability and support so that they can become caring and giving people in return. Help Australians make a positive difference to children in need of a family.
•   We would love to adopt again but our previous experience with the Queensland government's international adoption program was far from positive and we are not willing to go through that again. We would love to see serious changes made in regards to adoption in Australia.
•   I agree with all of the recommendations and believe that we should have a much better adoption system within Australia.
•   Some children are NOT better of with their birth parents - some people should not even have children as they are brought up in an abusive and violent environment. This becomes normal to them, it needs to change. Tougher penalties for parents should apply. And taking children from parents PERMANENTLY needs to occur.
•   I am the adoptive parent of two children now 16 and 20 adopted as babies from Colombia. My son is on the autistic spectrum.
•   Mr Abbott you need to act on this now
•   Every child should have the right to be raised in a loving, supportive family.
•   I am the mother of a now 15 year old adopted from Bolivia at age 6 months. He is a happy, well adjusted young man who loves his life in Australia. More children like him deserve the chance and opportunity he has been given. Our life has been enriched by his presence in it.
•   We are the parents of a 24 year old from Brazil & 22 yr old from Colombia. We have 2 great kids & support the need for easier intercountry adoption.These kids have a bleak future in their country of origin and are well aware of their roots.
•   My family and I are keen to see the adoption process simplified and accessible to the community at large. We implore the Government to endorse the above recommendations.
•   All children have the right to a loving and safe family environment. Regulate this process for the right reasons with the right mechanisms, maintaining compassion, love and respect for all parties.
•   Please please please make this a reality. We are a loving couple who have struggled to become a family for many years. There so many children needing a home and parents that will love and cherish. I support this reform with all my heart.
•   The Australian Government should do what it can to improve the adoption system - for the sake of all the children who need a loving family and a stable life.
•   Foster parents should be able to adopt an Australian child where the home family is completely dysfunctional through either drugs alcohol violence or all three.
•   Please appoint an independent authority to oversee the process of inter country adoption and to help endorse country to country agreements that are proposed by accredited bodies.
•   Please make changes as soon as possible. I would dearly love to welcome adopted children into our loving family . The long drawn out process deprives children of a secure future. Fix it now . Every child deserves a chance at happiness with a real family. Come on listen to the people.
•   As adoptive parents to two wonderful children, my husband and I wholeheartedly endorse this petition.
•   Please take our position on adoption seriously. We are an adoptive family and are not able to adopt a second time sure to red tape and silly rules. Please open up adoption to more countries and let us give needy children a loving home.
•   Please open up intercountry adoption to more countries and within Australia. We would love to adopt again but there just isn't the avenues for us to do so.
•   Adoptive parent of 2 great kids, both ICA. The process needs to be streamlined by both relinquishing and receiving countries. Fingers crossed for all those kids who need a family and parents willing and able to provide a loving home environment.
•   We all need to support this, Children deserve to be loved and have a family
•   This is for my daughter who is the best most nurturing and loving Mum in the world, she deserves to have more kids after the heartbreak of losing babies. Please help us help kids find the loving homes they deserve !!
•   god bless all those who are making a difference in the lives of these children.
•   It's about time Mr Abbott, please do the right thing for so many deserving children and parents. The process needs to be much quicker and countries like India and Ethiopia need to be on the list. Thanks
•   Please make this easier, can't stress on how much heartache there is because of the red tape, time frames and so many other silly rules in place. You wouldn't be shutting out so many thousands of parents to surrogacy if you make the adoption process easier.
•   PLEASE HELP US ACHIEVE OUR DREAMS OF A FAMILY !!
•   PLEASE HELP MANY MANY KIDS FIND LOVING HOMES. WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE BUT NEED MORE KIDS TO GIVE IT TO.
•   Give both the children and the prospective parent a fair go!! make this easier for all
•   Every child should have the opportunity to have a loving family take care of them, likewise every willing person should be able to have children. Even if they cannot physically have their own!
•   Every family should have the opportunity to care and raise a child
•   Every child has the right to be in a loving home and family. Why doe governments make it so difficult, children and carers waiting years - no family, growing up in a an orphanage or living parents. Where is your humanity?
•   The government must change its position on international adoption. Give the little ones a chance.
•   ALL children deserve a loving permanent family, please do not let fear of failure, and fear of change be the reason to not make every effort to improve the adoption system in Australia.
•   I support life and human flourishing.
•   Please change the laws. We should be able to help children in need of a good and safe home that will love them forever.
•   Every child deserves a loving supportive family.
•   Please help children to be in loving supportive homes, give them the potential to have opportunities with education.
•   Please please please help our daughter and son in law achieve their dream of becoming loving parents and us becoming their loving grandparents. They would be the most loved children in the world.
•   I'm a single 22 yo girl but I love adoption and am 100% all for it. Even if I got married and had kids of my own one day, I would still love to adopt. There are so many little souls out there that don't have a loving family but need one. Make it easier!
•   I have adopted a child while living in the middle east and continue to live here but will return to Australia one and want to protect my childs rights for passport renewal etc as well as support others in Australia trying to adopt.
•   Every child should know what it is like first hand to grow up in a family!
•   We had a 7 year process to adopt our son from China. Gruelling process designed to put people off. Please change the system, locally & for overseas for the sake of children and many couples wanting to care for them.
•   We had a 7 year process to adopt our son from China. Gruelling process designed to put people off. Please change the system, locally & for overseas for the sake of children and many couples wanting to care for them.
•   As an adult inter-country adoptee I support this petition.
•   After waiting seven years to finally adopt our daughter from china, I can assure you that the current system desperately needs to change. Too many children left without families to care for them all because we havn't got our act together.
•   We have 4 Adoptive Ethiopian children and strong links with their communities and charities in Ethiopia. Each time we return I see the despair of many children who just want love. Institutions despite how caring are not replacements for families. Please Mr Abbott. reopen and streamline International Adoption
•   Please make it easier to adopt in Australia children from overseas!
•   Imagine how many little lives we could help through the change of current adoption laws. What a blessing.
•   There need to be a change!
•   Australia's attitude to adoption needs to change at the government level. There are so many children in need of a loving family and so many adults in Australia who want to make those children's dreams come true.
•   Adoption is Australia is broken. It needs a rethink and renewal of the services provided. Very few people (parents or children) seem to be helped.
•   It would be amazing to see organisations and all levels of government full of heart and action, diligently purposed to find kids in need a home and loving family, not just a statistic but a life change and world change. To do this, we must make fast accurate allocations and placements. Thankyou
•   Inconsistencies between states include some states only dealing with some countries or programs, so that potential adoptive parents options for application vary purely on the state that they live in, not their suitability to be an adoptive parent.
•   Australia must be proactive in achieving an active adoption process. Current processes stall and circumvent results giving employment to bureaucrats and failing to unite children into families.
•   Please make adoption cheaper and easier for those of us who are able to open our hearts and homes. Please make the number of biological children irrelavent as I always have room to love more
•   This reform cannot come soon enough, every child deserves a family
•   Everyone deserves a family
•   Yes adoption is a better option then foster parenting.
•   Its time to help these children and tume to get off our hands and changes laws tgat should have changed years ago
•   Its time to help these children and tume to get off our hands and changes laws tgat should have changed years ago
•   There are so many children awaiting loving families, please make it easier for those families to create a new positive future for those children.
•   Our family is blessed to be touched by intercountry adoption. If only the joy could be shared by many other families and children. Please make things easier, open programs and let the children have forever familes.
•   I support the recommendations except "...removes discrimination on who that family can be". I strongly recommend that older persons ie greater than 45 years be eligible for adoption.
•   Please make the changes so that those desparately desiring a family can have one children in need can be raised in loving homes. There is so much need in the world but many with a lot of love in their hearts to give to these children.
•   Every child deserve and craves to be wanted loved and cared for. Cut the red tape and grant the wish of people wanting to adopt, by doing so you make the children's dream come true
•   Stop making a hard situation even harder. I know that many people, myself included that cannot be parents. Yet I have to watch so many unwanted kids grow up in my area that the parents don't even want. Yet because of stupid laws people like me that could provide a rich, loving well provided for home have to watch on the news children suffering and going without that you won't let us care for.
•   It saddens me that Government are happy to receive so called asylum seekers from a boat but when it comes to those who are true asylum seekers the ones who cannot afford the boat ride... its too bad.
•   With the number of children needing adoption world wide - Australian requirements for approval are shameful and bring discredit on us as a Nation. Please make it easier for adoption of children to find a safe loving home in our wonderful country.
•   Let's just do it for the kids.
•   Couples unable to have children and chilren without parents must be bought together.
•   We successfully adopted our daughter from HK in 2003 but our 2nd adoption file was there for over 5 years & we had to withdraw due to age gap issues between siblings. For some unknown reason the program stalled but no notice was provided to families with files there.
•   There are so many couples unable to have children who would make the best parents. We should make adoption an easier option for them.
•   We gave up adopting within Australia because of the lengthy, intrusive and intimidating process. I'm sure there are thousands of couples like us who found it too hard. Such a shame
•   ADOPTION AUSTRALIA asks that the development of new Intercountry adoption program be initiated, lead and managed by adoption accredited agencies. ADOPTION AUSTRALIA asks that a clear process be established for the accreditation of adoption agencies and that seed funding be made available to help the agencies seeking accreditation, to meet the accreditation standards.
•   I believe the process of adoption should be short and easy. My husband and i would love to adopt.
•   So many children need a loving family why has Australia made it so hard for them to get one!
•   Children need a sense of belonging and deserve to be loved
•   There are children desperate for loving parents and family, and couples desperate for a child to love.
•   Make adoption easier!!!
•   I support international adoption
•   As an adoptive parent I can see many benefits of having a national approach to adoption both for the children and the prospective families.
•   Please make international adoption easier and quicker. There are so many wonderful Australian families wanting to give a home to children who would otherwise be raised in an institution. All children want to feel, loved, valued and safe.
•   I think our government has made it far too difficult, in the past, for people who just want to provide a loving, stable home for children in need.
•   Please make adoption easier. There are so many people who can and want to provide a loving home to kids without families.
•   David and I have two beautiful adopted children the first from Bolivia now a primary school teacher the second from Korea now a social worker aged 29 and 26. Please make this passage easier for those who want children
•   Lengthy waiting times running into years punishes prospective parents and children. We have just visited the orphanage our children came from - most of the kids there now need an adoptive family, that being their only chance of family life.
•   Neighbors of mine adopted a lovely child from overseas and the family group that they now make is better than the prospects this child would have otherwise had. They still keep in touch with his birth mother.
•   We spent 18 months just trying to be accepted to APPLY to become adoptive parents in Qld. Please, please Mr Abbott, children and prospective parents deserve so much better.
•   Please make intercountry adoption faster, with more country options, and possibly cheaper.
•   Please Help The People Who Cant Have Children,Have Another Alternitive by Adopting Children Over seas
•   We adopted our daughters when they were five months old from South Korea. They are now in their twenties: happy, married, with wonderful careers that benefit others. Our family is a joyful, normal, loving family. Please make it easier for children everywhere to have a forever family through adoption.
•   We adopted our gorgeous son 2 years ago from China. We would love to adopt more children but change in maximum age calculations came into force several years ago and now we can't proceed with adopting another 2 children. Feel it would be nice for our son to have siblings being such an outgoing and friendly child.
•   Better adoption practises are needed in Australia to give these special kids a loving home
•   Putting loving families together should be a Number one priority.
•   Please take action to make adoption in Australia easier. For so many reasons I can't list in 50 words. So many benefits to the children, and communities. Thank you
•   The decision to adopt comes from a place of love. To consciously want to protect and bond with a child not of your own blood but who is YOUR child. The process should be to support not to discourage.
•   We are approved adoptive parents for 8 years with South Australia, we have had very few restrictions over this time however we are still waiting...
•   Please make adoption so much easier...there are so many children and prospective parents filled with love to give.
•   Please consider this petition very seriously. The Adoption community in Australia takes the welfare of children very seriously, but it is a long and difficult process which needs some revamping.
•   As a father of 2 adopted daughters. I fully support this petition
•   We adopted an older child from Taiwan, due to his urgent needs and the expedition of our paperwork the adoption was finalised - EOI to placement within 15 months. It can be and MUST done promptly to give these children the best chance to bond and grow in a family.
•   I know a beautiful family with a very loved adopted little boy. Very heart warming, the opportunity should not be denied to a orphaned child or a family wanting to give love!
•   A sensible sensitive and thoughfully composed document. An emphasis on expediency is paramount,
•   • Please make adoption easier. There are so many people who can and want to provide a loving home to kids without families.
•   It is vital for children that adoption is easier. I'm a professional who has worked in the adoption field and seen the impact of delays first hand.
•   There are loving couples that can't have biological children of their own that would gladly adopt a child from another country in need of a loving and caring environment to grow up in.
•   I fully support all of the recommendations of this petition.
•   We need to improve our adoption processes.
•   Please help. We knew the journey would be lumpy, bumpy & long although didn't realise my husband's service to our country would also impede our timeframes. We are still waiting after 10 years to provide a safe, happy & healthy home to our prospective child. The wait & uncertainty can be truly heartbreaking.
•   Every child deserves a loving, caring environment to develop. Doesn't matter the colour of skin or culture, a loving home is more important.
•   I support all of these recommendations and ask that you will consider all of these recommendations and allow for their introduction please. Kind Regards, Anna
•   We are grandparents to three South Korean adoptees. They are wonderful children who deserve the loving family environment in which they are now placed.Any obstacles to such adoptions must be removed.
•   I just want to help make a difference :)
•   My best friend has an adopted cousin that can't come back to Australia with her Aunt and Uncle and I strongly believe that the law should change to allow for her cousin, and other adopted children can be allowed into our country to be with their families
•   Adoption should be made easier in Australia because it benefits the child and the family adopting them. Australia is a lucky country, where we have a right to vote and be heard. Their is no difference in having an adopted child then having your own child, have some compassion and think of the poor families that can't have children and think of the poor children waiting to be adopted.
•   On behalf of the South Australian Chinese Adoption Support (SACAS) group the Board met recently and would like to endorse the recommendations in response the Prime Minister
•   A big improvement is needed in assessment and waiting times for prospective parents. Parts of the current assessment process are very dogmatic and inflexible, children aren't. It somehow needs to be more friendly (for want of a word). The department is made up of PEOPLE (social workers etc.) and they are dealing with people about little people who want to belong to each other. Help us.
•   I'd love to see adoption laws/policies be the same Australia wide and for the adoption process to be vastly improved to get children and families united sooner.
•   Please work on fixing the problems rather than closing inter country adoptions. It is the little ones who are impacted the most and suffer the consequences - perspective adoptive families also suffer!
•   I fully support Adoption Australia's recommendations and request you do too.
•   Please make this happen.
•   There are so many children in this world that deserve parents - and so many parents that deserve children. Please make it easier to adopt!
•   Please make changes in the adoption process, all children need loving parents to care and love them and it should never be as difficult as it is here in Australia.
•   I was adopted
•   I believe that the adoption process in Australia needs to be reviewed and updated, and I believe that the above statements would heavily improve adoption in Australia
•   I am the mother of a foster family and have been trying to adopt these children for 10 yrs they've never seen there parents and don't intend too. If this allows us to be finally a family then that will be a very good day! Every child/ person deserves the right to be part of their family legally.
•   Something has to change.
•   I would love to adopt a child that needs love and family x
•   Please help all the children who need the love of parents, and please help the waiting and wanting parents to make this possible. Thank you Annette Hillman
•   I think with so many children that are in need of a good, safe environment the government should relax the adoption laws in Australia. I am a mother of a son who he and his wife cannot have children but would make fantastic parents but the laws are preventing this from happening. Such a shame
•   Walk along side families instead of always in front. Please, start listening.
•   Having work experience in the Adoption and Permanent Care field, I have seen how tedious and emotionally challenging the adoption process is for couples. There are so many children out there that need a home, love and nurturance. A family for life. Why is the adoption process so difficult here in Australia?
•   Families who go down the path of adoption often do so after many years of trying to conceive naturally, through IVF and the like. Often they have suffered a succession of miscarriages and infant loss. I would believe that in most cases, all such people want is the opportunity to provide a child a nurturing, loving and caring upbringing. Isn't this after all every child's right. To be loved, to have shelter, to have food and water. If their natural parents are unable to do so for whatever the reason then the child's rights to these basic needs must be met via another avenue, adoption being probably the most stable for the child. The current situation in Australia is appalling and unloving and uncaring. I hope the government listens to the pleas of those who live in hope of raising a child, and change the laws accordingly.
•   My husband and I recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family. She grew in my womb, and we awaited her arrival with great expectation. We long to add another to our family, one who does not have parents to love and long for them.
•   Adoption has touched our family and a wonderful, magical way and we are better people for it.
•   Every child deserves a family to love and care for them. Please speed up getting to and signing agreements with all countries who have abandoned or orphaned children who are not able to be placed in kinship care or be locally adopted.
•   Please make it easier for families with loving hearts and sufficient resources, to adopt children in need from overseas, including single abandoned children and sibling groups. Let the stay in touch with their families in their home countries <3 Thankyou !
•   Adoption is about families for children. There are many children and many wanting families! The system is currently not working and needs to be reviewed
•   Australia can be a leader in making lives possible and giving really bright futures to children needing adoption. Also for children adopted by expats, please allow them an Australian birth certificate, a document fundamental to their sense of self.
•   There are a lot of couples who will offer a child a wonderful,safe and nurturing environment here in Australia. We need to make it easier for the people who want to offer a child from another country a better life.
•   Should be easier for Australian families to adopt
•   Raising a child is the most wonderful gift in life. Everyone should have that opportunity.
•   As a nation we have waited too long for these changes.
•   Adoption should be quicker and cheaper.
•   It's all about the Kids...
•   EVERY child deserves a loving family. There are many loving (potential) families in Australia wanting to adopt them. Please make it possible to join these children with there forever families. We have two beautiful children who came to us through International Adoption - I can't imagine my life without them & try not to think what their lives would have been without us.
•   My husband and I would love to invite some adopted children into our family but at the moment with the financial burden it would place on our family we cannot. Please consider these changes.
•   My sister and her husband are trying to adopt now and this would greatly help them in that process.
•   I support all the recommendations set out by Adoption Australia which have been sent to the PM.
•   Extend the program to more countries. Vietnam would be an excellent choice, and there are many others. Make the state agencies, DOCS etc process allocations. They are currently doing everything they can to stop people from applying.
•   It is so important this awareness is raised and more people understand the implications perfect parenting couples of today's society are facing.
•   So many couples wanting to adopt,so many children needing a home ,family education & above all else Love.People wanting to adopt deserve the support & assistance from the Aust. Government .The time money & regulations are overwhelming & all the while children live in poverty, undernourished & malnourished. Please Mr Abbott have the courage of your convictions & fight for the rights the thousands who wish to provide a loving home to so many needy children across the world!!
•   SA actually had that system and it DID work, but it wasn't allowed to continue .... reinvent the wheel so that children CAN have families!
•   It shouldn't be this hard for loving couples to provide a secure home for one of the many orphans in the world. Please continue to keep up the fight for change.
•   My sister and Brother in law are the most loving people a baby could ever ask for. They are also very sensitive culturally and personally. Action is needed! Now must be the time!
•   All children deserve to be loved, sheltered and given opportunities to live a full life. Adoption helps give this to some children where this may not be possible.
•   I am the adopted grandmother of 2 wonderful Ethiopian children and I know how impossible it was for my daughter to adopt in Australia. It is only because they had the opportunity to adopt in Canada that I have this joy in my life. Birth certificates are now a problem for them.
•   I fully support all of the initiations brought forward
•   Please make the adoption process easier so that children and families don't have to wait so long. It's time for change.
•   I fully support the work of Adoption Australia and know some parents who are planning to adopt a Taiwanese Child through Special Needs Adoption Australia. I urge Hon. Tony Abbott PM and Aus Govt. to forge ahead with all the measures they plan to assist the adoptive process
•   Children need loving parents to guide them to be the best they can
•   I am supporting my Son and Daughter-in-law who have a real love and desire to see unwanted children cared for and happy. If I were younger I would definitely do this myself.
•   Love for Karly and Ben. Xxxx
•   Australia is so ahead in so many ways but so behind in others. Give the couples out there busting to be parents and these kids without families a go at a new life!!!
•   Hi - I am a gaydad in a long term committed relationship of 10years with my husband. We have 2 adopted sons aged under 5. We now live in South Australia and believe it is time that adoption for same sex couples is allowed in line with other States in Australia. There are many many children missing out on the joy of adopted families.
•   As the grandmother of an adopted Thai boy I have seen and shared with my son and daughter-in-law the stress, frustration and pain of years of waiting for their child. I would support any changes to shorten and simplify the system for inter-country adoption.
•   Please make adoption laws easer for all who wish to go this path
•   I support this petition.
•   Please make the suggested changes
•   Change is needed! Let's see this happen.
•   Children should have the right to live with someone who is prepared to love them and protect them in a stable environment
•   We need better laws to put children in good & loving homes not into foster care where many r only in it for the money they receive ,they don't look at these children as precious souls they just look at the $ sighs.
•   I'm not an adoptive parent or a child who has been adopted but I have always since I can remember had the heart to give, care and love for others. While many girls grow up dreaming of weddings and babies I dreamt of adopting. Spending 1yr volunteering in orphanages of Ethiopia only confirmed this!
•   Please make it more realistic for Australian couples to adopt, in country or from abroad
•   We are in our 14th year of trying to adopt two children. And yet again, we are in another re-assessment! The system is almost impossible, continually ridiculous and stressful and solely compliance and red-tape driven. It drastically needs to change.
•   Bringing about change in the way australia does intercountry would make many families and children benefit greatly, the system at the moment is an absolute joke and changes need, and should, to be made.
•   I am a 15 year old who would love a brother or sister, but if intercountry adoption stays the way it is it will never happen. I would be a great sister, and any child that comes into our family would be so spoiled with love and i have lots to teach them, so many games to play, so why leave a child in an orphanage when they can come and be part of our family, or somebodies elses.
•   I wish the intercountry system would change so my sister, her husband, and their daughter can add to their family. I have seen them struggle with the current system, and this is not a benefit to anybody, to them or a child languishing in an orphanage, what life is that for a child to never know the love of this family, or another family, how would any of us feel to never feel love or feel that they belong to a family.
•   As an Australian expat living out of Australia currently, I support the recommendations and would welcome reform to the existing adoption system which is only serving to keep prospective families and children apart.
•   Australian expat living in Central Asia.
•   Our children should have the same rights as if they were our birth children. It is only fair that our children be recognised for what they are, our children.
•   Please
•   Australia's adoption efforts are dismal and we need to do much more to support the adoption community - children, applicants, birth families and adoptive families.
•   I support these recommendations
•   As an adoptive parent of 2 children from China, I support these recommendations.
•   It is essential that Australia restores the Ethiopian Adoption programme, and that needy children are placed with caring families in Australia. Needy children and willing parents had already been matched.
•   Much more immediate support is needed for families abundant in love. Every child deserves the hope of a family and a future! Why rob the innocent with excuses of legality, time to update policy!
•   I'm a 16 year old intercountry adoptee from Ethiopia! Please re-open Ethiopia.
•   We highly value the opportunity given us to have adopted two children from Ethiopia and hope other couples and families are given the same, or even greater, opportunities in the future.
•   Please Mr. Abbott, do open up the possibility for children to be adopted by Australian families.
•   I have 2 adopted grandchildren and seeing them grow up in a loving family with a life full of wonderful opportunities is so beautiful compared to what could of been for these girls.
•   Give the children hope
•   This adoption program was terminated unexpectidly and left many children and adoptive parents very upset. It is a great humane initative. Please reinstate the program.
•   As a blessed mum of 2 adopted chidlren, I want to make sure other children have the benefit of a mum and dad who loves and cares for them.
•   Give these children a better life, it's every child's right!!
•   My wife and I have wanted to do this for along time... To give a child another chance is a very special gift.. The only thing that has stopped this is RED TAPE..
•   Please allow Australians who already have an adopted child adopt another from Ethiopia.
•   So many children needing to be loved and cherished.
•   As an overseas adoptive parent I am always interested on making the process smoother and not as expensive as it has been in the past.
•   Adoption is a very important issue and gives many children and parents the opportunity to have the lives and families that they want and deserve. In simple terms adoption should not be as difficult as it is especially inter-country. Too many children are without families and too many families/couples are without these children.
•   Every child deserves to grow up in a Loving caring family environment. I fully support Adoption .
•   Every child should have the right to grow up in a home with people who want them and love them
•   Mr. Abbott, please sincerely consider this petition. There are so many children needing love.
•   As an adoptive parent and single mother I am particularly keen to see greater support for families post adoption, particularly for our kids who struggle at school. And as someone who adopted as an expat the hurdles and wait times faced by families in Australia breaks my heart...all those poor kids in orphanages who could be with loving families!!!
•   As an adopted child of loving adoptive parents I support the push for considered change to adoption laws in Australia. The changes made should reflect the values and aspirations of our nation with regard to the best interest of children and parents involved in adoption.
•   So many loving people willing to help children in need the world over shouldn't be made so difficult!
•   The adoption process definitely needs streamlining and have extra regulations in place to oversee the safety of vulnerable children.
•   I support the recommendatons from Adoption Australia. Please make it easier for people to adopt children from overeas countries.
•   Children deserve to be in loving families....let's make it possible for children overseas without families to be adopted and brought home to Australia.
•   As an Australian mother of 4 adopted children from Ethiopia, and a Co-director and Co-founder of Grace Centre for Children and Families in Ethiopia, I have seen firsthand the many genuine orphans in need of families. Although a complex issue, adoption should not be so complex that it denies these children's simple rights. It will take work and the right people, but we support these recommendations being made, and hope to one day see genuine orphaned children once again enter Australian families in an ethical and legal way.
•   Adoption should be easier, why make families.parents to be, and children who are orphaned. removed from care etc, wait so long to be placed. It would solve so many issues. Children need to be placed into long term care as soon as possible. ALL CHILDREN NEED A STABLE LOVING FAMILY.
•   We were on the Ethiopia list and the qld government took seven almost eight years of our youth. Now we are getting older and have no options. We were due for allocation when the government pulled out of their relationship with Ethiopia , and told by someone we had never spoken to from the department that "the good thing" was we were still eligible to adopt, but would need to start again. The whole process was that stressful for us that we have walked away from adoption and having a family. Thanks qld adoption we will never get the foul taste you have left out of our mouth.
•   Supporting the right of every child to a life in a loving family is a universal human right. Let australia be a part of his.
•   I am a permanent resident of Australia originally coming from Germany. When I was in the process of getting my permanency I was granted a bridging visa which allowed me to stay in the country. this should be the same for little kids when being adopted.
•   I whole heartedly agree with the statements of request on the above petition and ask that the Government honestly consider them for our contribution to children worldwide. It may not assist the whole number of children but each individual will be assisted beautifully.
•   I adopted 2 older siblings from Ethiopia in 2009. The positive ripples for the children and our family have been wonderous. I am available to share our experience if that is helpful to the governments review.
•   Please pass this!!!
•   Please speed up the process of overseas adoption, and make adopting a child more affordable for Australian families, who genuinely want to care for and raise adopted children , as their own.
•   Definitely need for change in Adoption process for families to be able to adopt from more countries and give more children happy, safe homes
•   Things need to change!
•   I support the recommendations of 'Adoption Australia'
•   We are the proud grandparent's of a wonderful, intelligent little boy from Korea. An adoption review is long overdue as the current process is far too long and stressful.
•   Adoption should be encouraged and made quicker. There are many wonderful couples who are willing to give children a stable and very happy home.
•   Please help change this for all the loving families. Thank you
•   Please reform this outdated system to help the many couples who so desperately want to raise a family but are unable to conceive themselves. There is so much love to be shared.
•   The current system is slow and out of date and only serves to keep families and needy children apart. Lets move Australia forward!
•   I support this petition
•   Please make this process easier. We have adopted only once but would love more
•   All protection for the children. The delima remove the child or support the village. If there are no relative capable of appropriate care and nurchering, Adoption is the answer. The process is outrageous expensive emotionally devestating and take sometimes a decade. The country of the adoptee must be UN sanctioned and scrutinised, no short curs but speed the process up.
•   These recommendations make sense.
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•   No child should be unloved or unwanted when there are devoted childless people who would love to adopt
•   TOO LONG, TOO COSTLY, TOO DIFFICULT!!!
•   I would love the opportunity to adopt a child and hope one day this wish comes true for me
•   Please help to make this process quicker so parenting is more of a reality for many couples.
•   The system has to change,& make it a little easier for parents adoptimg And the millions of children waiting for their chance to be with Their forever family and a chance for a life filled woth love, hope, & chance to fulfill their potential
•   I have been fortunate enough to have adopted 2 boys from Ethiopia. The process was painfully slow and at times irrational and dishonest. I am very familiar with the processes in other countries and feel that the Australian Government clearly have not wanted to make the process better. They should be ashamed of themselves. Applicants are not assisted by the DHS but treated like criminals. I agree with all the recommendations to the PM. I am hoping that the changes are made and that other Australian parents can be as fortunate as I have been in raising 2 wonderful boys from Ethiopia.
•   Please seriously consider the above recommendations.
•   I understand that very strict testing should be in place but after being approved it should not take a further 5 plus years to finally have your child in your arms. All children deserve to grow up in a loving family, please help them.
•   Please implement these recommendations so that children in need of loving families can be placed with those families that are so ready to love them.
•   Please make the changes that will help children in need of loving families, and help people to become parents.
•   To assist orphans world wide in having a happy, healthy and family environment to grow and develop ..
•   ADOPTION AUSTRALIA is asking the Government to appoint an independent body, National Adoption Bureau, to oversee adoptions, accredit adoption organisations, endorse country to country agreements proposed by accredited bodies and take on the role of a Central Authority.
•   I support the recommendations
•   I am in favour of the brave families who go through this process.
•   We need to help these beautiful little innocent children find a loving home before its too late! We need to make adoption a smoother and quicker process for the right families! We need the governments help to do this.
•   My husband and I are Australians living in Hong Kong. We have two children both born and adopted here. If we lived in Australia we would not be so lucky. There are many different ways to make a family. If just takes love.
•   We need change.. for the sake of the children who could go to loving homes and a family that will cherish them.
•   I have 2 adopted children and would have definately done it again fit wasn't for the ridiculous time frames. Please don't allow this to happen to other loving families. Let children grow in caring families they deserve
•   So many children so many adults we all need love take away the red tape !!! (I am a Australian adopted child and I want to adopt but don't want to wait over 7yrs) Please help !!!
•   Adoption processes and laws need a complete overhaul in Australia. There are too many couples wanting to provide loving homes to children who need and deserve this love and security. It is CRAZY how hard Australia makes it and how long it takes for this beautiful thing to happen. Please help to change this, for the lives of the children who need this and the couples who so want the beautiful experience of having a child and creating a family !!!!
•   ALL CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO A SAFE AND LOVING HOME.
•   We support the recommendations put forward here. The child focused approach is the best way to move forward here and relaxing some of the strict restrictions on family's wanting to adopt would help. A faster system is needed.
•   I believe every child regardless of age, race, sex wether or not they are special needs or part of a sibling group deserve to grow up in a happy healthy family environment.
•   Im adopted and I 100% support adoption. I was adopted from South Korea in 1981 (I was almost 2 at the time, Australia has always been forever slow in the process.. but thats a whole other issue). Ive always thought I was a little weird, Ive never wanted to find my birth parents. I have never held any wild childhood fantasies that my birth parents would be better than those who I call Mum and Dad. I dislike the word adoptive parents, they ARE my parents. Yes some lady over in the hills of Korea gave birth to an child which was me but she is not my mother. Considering I am very different in appearence to my parents (for the slow... my adopted ones) my adoption was never a secret. My brother who is also adopted (from Korea) was also always told. As to my knowledge, my parents didnt think of themselves as cruisaders for child poverty. Instead, they always were of the belief, that I saved them. Unable to concive, adoption was their only way of being able to have the family they always wanted. Even in my horrible teen years, with hormones raging and attitude steeping to higher and higher levels, never was my adoption mentioned, never did they say I should be grateful for them saving me, never was my future in the family used to threaten me. I dont know if I was a lucky one, but sure as the hair on my head I know that I am supremely grateful for the life I have lived, not that I feel like I owe my parents anything, not any different anyway to my friends with their traditional parents. I thank the Lord for the life I have been given, I thank my parents for the morals that I hold, I thank them for their guidance and support and their unconditional love that they have ALWAYS shown me... So not really differnt to the things that "non"- adoptive children should feel for their own parents. There is something that people that havent been adopted people do not understand. They believe in the hormones for maternal and paternal unconditional love is what drives the parents nature for wanting to ensure safety and wellbeing of their child. What I know is, there are people with so much love, who love and nurture you because they want to.. and that is so much more powerful to me. I back adoption 100% and challenge those who dont, to get in contact with me. There is a difference between adoption and child abuse, they do not go hand in hand, and they are not one and the same.
•   I support these recommendations to the PM
•   I have seen the heartache that goes with the waiting as my beautiful daughter and wonderful son-in-law wait for the little person that will make their life complete.because most of the prospective parents are close to forty when their children arrive they often do not get the experience of active grandparents or for that matter grandparents at all.
•   There are a lot of children around the world that deserve the right to a safe home and the right to be loved unconditionally. Now is the time.
•   Get it done asap - for the intetest of everyone in our community!!!
•   I wish to sign the petition .
•   My daughter and husband live in Hong Kong. Three years ago they adopted a 5 month Chinese boy. He has brought such joy to our family. Six months ago she and her husband were asked if they were interested in adopting his half sister? They did, she was 14th months when she came into the family. Both are now very important to our family. More importantly they now have each other for the rest of their lives. Such happiness. It is Hong Kong policy to make every endeavour to keep siblings together.
•   I have a lot of friends that have been adopted into a family and seeing how hard it was for them to adopt brothers and sisters was heat breaking!
•   I support this petition.
•   My husband and I are adopting a little boy from South Korea. We started the process in October 2009 and we are hoping to travel to collect him in the second half of this year. Based on our experiences, we welcome the Government's focus on the issue of adoption and the increased awareness and attention it has created amongst the Australian public.
•   I believe that every child deserves the right to grow up in a loving and supportive family environment and that the best interest of each individual child should be paramount. I also believe and support the adoption of children with special needs, older children and sibling groups. I totally support what this petition stands for
•   Adoption should be made easier, not take years and thechildren be toddlers before they come to there family. Kids are lonely and only being looked after whilea loving couple is waiting for them.
•   It seems wrong that there are so many little people without loving homes when there are families waiting so long with open arms
•   there are so many people in australia who could give orphans a home - please help
•   Children need a safe, warm and loving upbringing and families can be made almost anywhere. Give more children a chance to belong and be loved.
•   Please make adoption more accessible to all willing families and children in need.
•   Signing this petition in support of family and friends
•   Please review the inequitable situation for expat families who adopted while living overseas and whose children have Australian citizenship and Australian passports but, depending on the State they live in, are not able to obtain Australian birth certificates.
•   There needs to be greater support for adoptive parents and adopted children, many good people are prepared to go through the massive process to adopt and it is incredibly upsetting when they are then told at the very end that it can no longer go ahead. This is a real shame, good homes and family environments are taken away from children in need.
•   Please start to be sensible and consider safe and secure placements for children in need, with people able to provide this essential element. Let's build strong happy kids please.
•   As a married woman considering adopting a child by choice, with no other reason than to help a disadvantaged child and give them a happy home, family and upbringing, please make the system and process easier, quicker and more accessible for people like me to be matched with, meet and bring their child home sooner.
•   Even thought I am too old now for me to adopt,I am speaking for the couples who can.Australia is one of bet places to bring up a child and to have a loving and caring adoptive parents
•   I agree with all the above comments and feel they should be pushed through parliament quickly. Thank you
•   I would also support proper training for any staff overseeing adoption processes, through every stage, to do so without bias, prejudice or negative attidude
•   It's time to sort this out
•   Adoption is such a wonderful way to ensure children in need of families have a loving and secure family environment. More needs to be done to enhance the adoption process
•   Please enable beautiful, loving, caring & dedicated families to adopt those precious children around Australia & internationally to receive the much needed love, care & lifetime enriched support they so rightly deserve! Allow the love to be shared!!
•   Please consider this petition as an effort to allow a child a chance in life.
•   adopting a child CAN be done ethically. Why strangle the laws for all when there ARE children who do not have the opportunity to remain safely in their country and whose futures would be bleak.
•   I SUPPORT THIS PETITION
•   Please review the current adoption process.
•   Ultimately we want children to be in loving, supportive families not institutions. I think these recommendations would help make that happen a lot faster for children waiting which would be less traumatic for them in the long term.
•   There is such a need for more people to become adoptive parents that it would be silly for the government not to do something to make this process easier. Please think of all the children who need us.
•   This is the only way for parents to have children and in turn every child receives a loving family.
•   There's finally some hope. We've been waiting a long time for changes to the adoption system in this country. Thank you tony Abbott!
•   Adoption Australia's recommendations should be accepted and acted upon as soon as possible because changes are long overdue for the children in need of a family, for the adults willing and able to provide these children with the nurturing family they need, and for the adults these children become.
•   Everyone deserves the right to be a parent.
•   This makes sense. Its now up to the government to take action.
•   Speech Pathologist trained in early childhood and development. Mother of 3 biological children. Adopted 3 year old Ethiopian child. Welcomed into our family 2 older children from failed adoption now with Long term parenting orders. All doing well. President of AACASA 2000 - 2003. Speaker at adoption information days.
•   If people are looking to adopt, it means they are willing to take responsibility for another human being to lead a loving life. It doesn't happen by accident or surprise. It should not be so hard!
•   i would like it to be way easier for families to adopt in australia
•   Adoptive father - special needs, 3 children from Ethiopia. Former national president, AACASA (Australian African Childrens Aid and Support Association). Advised Ethiopian department on implications of ratification of Hague Convention.
•   Make adoption easier for Australian families
•   Something needs to change. It is the CHILDREN who are suffering.
•   Please help these little ones to a better life asap
•   So Glad to support such an important petition
•   All children deserve the highest standard of care. Where possible all children should be raised by their birth families, when that is not possible, we as a global community should work hard to make sure they have the best possible future with adoptive families that are willing to support and love them unconditionally. Higher standards of diligence and transparency, lets put children's needs first. Everyone deserves a family
•   Get a move on! This change is needed to bless the lives of deserving children & the families that want to adopt them!
•   As a woman who cannot have kids, I strongly believe that this should changed. Please make it easier so other people have the opportunity to give a great future to a young child.
•   I am hoping the Government takes notice
•   I support adoption with enthusiasm, and wish to improve childrens lives myself, please make it easier, only good will come of it.
•   Every child deserves to be loved. Many loving parents want to share their love and home. Give them the chance.
•   We have two adoptive children one Kazakhstan and one from Korea. I would hate to think of the life they would have had stuck in an orphanage. They made our lives richer as we have theirs
•   I full support this submission.
•   My sister-in-law and her husband have been going through the adoption process for years. I support any organisation that will allow them to become a loving family.
•   As an adoptive parent of two beautiful Ethiopian daughters, who are school leaders and annually receive community, academic and sporting awards, I urge you to expedite the adoption process and open our country to the children across the globe who need our help, fulfil our lives, and will be the Australians of the future.
•   I feel the recommendations are appropriate and necessary.
•   I agree with the recommendations outlined above. I believe these families and children are to be given the support they require.
•   Overseas adoption in Australia is far behind the standards of other Western countries and expats returning with children adopted overseas are obstructed by the Government rather than assisted. Needy children should be placed with loving families and there is no shortage of loving families in Australia. I totally support the recommendations of Adoption Australia.
•   It should be easier for Australian families to adopt children of all needs and ages from overseas countries. Absolutely ridiculous our systems take so long for this to happen whilst there are so many desperate children in need of happy safe and loving homes here in Australia.
•   Please help us to have a family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
•   Single woman should also be allowed to adopt from overseas. There are quite a few woman that can't have children and don't have partners. They have so must love to give a child and they should be allowed to give that to a child in need. Loving a child doesn't mean you have to be married or in a relationship. Make it easier please!
•   I see children languishing in orphanages in Central China. At the moment, we have 60 children in our care that we have taken out of 7 different orphanages. Most of our children have illnesses or disabilities. Most of our children are adopted by Americans. I am ashamed to be Australian when we are not able to adopt anything but healthy children. Every child deserves a happy childhood. Orphanages are not happy places. Trust me, I know
•   I immigrated to the uk with my husband hoping the process would easier. One day we hope to return to Adelaide. We would love to hear of new bilateral relationships with new countries,such as Uganda, who we know would be interested.
•   I would love to open my home to a child from the USA (where I know a lot of children are aging out of the system) but we can't!
•   Another child is alone instead of being in a wanted secure loving home because of paperwork
•   Any reduction in the financial burden would be most welcome for adopting families. The proposition that adopting families are the "privileged middle class" is a lazy assumption, and exorbitant costs at every turn of the (lengthy)process serves to shut out worthy potential adopting parents.
•   I strongly support the above recommendations. Every child deserves to grow up as part of a loving family with a support network to set them up for the brightest future possible. Not child should be disadvantaged based on where they're born.
•   I seriously can't understand why our government has been sitting on their hands and done nothing on an issue that anyone with common sense would see logic here.. these kids need us not useless red tape.. these kids can't afford to wait.. please awake and rise and take steps for change.. adoption process should take 18 months and the max.. if America can do it why can't Australia get its act together.. Please make a change for these precious little kids that are desperate for someone to lobe them.
•   Please make esier to help children hoping and waiting for mumy and dady to love them, Thank you.
•   Children are languishing in institutions, spending their entire childhood there and families are waiting too long to adopt. The government can make these changes for the benefit of all parties.
•   I'm so happy to be signing this petition. There are many people in Australia that would love to be parents but can't. I think this is wonderful thing and I would support it every step of the way.
•   I'm a Colombia adopted woman living in Australia and will like to support the Adoption Australia petitions as I know it will improve the system in which both families and children will benefit. Kind regards, Juliana
•   We have adopted 2 children from Colombia South America. They are now Australian citizens and are with partners and leading a full and priductieve life. Making it easier for adopting overseas would be great for future adoptive families.
•   My husband and I are about to begin the adoption process. Every time we mention it to people, all we hear about is how difficult it is. People shouldn't be trying to dissuade us from adopting. This the opposite to how it should be to live in Australia.
•   These children are desperate for our love. Please make it a quick process.
•   I strongly believe that overseas adoption is a vital part of helping to make family units in Australia. Please continue to support our recommendations Greg Costello Australian Family for Children member
•   Please change the current system. It is broken
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•   We have volunteered for years in orphanages overseas in Vietnam, South Africa and China. To not have an efficient system for international adoption in Australia is a crime against humanity. All children need families who love them.

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