Foster system failure: is it time to adopt a new policy?

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Adoption in Australia is rare, with many pro-adoption groups claiming the extensive adoption process is to blame. In 2015, fewer than 100 children were adopted by their foster carers.

And in the last year a total of 292 adoptions were finalised in total – the lowest number on record.

The question has been raised as to whether more should be done to promote adoption as a stable alternative for children who can’t return to their birth families.


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