Adoption and Fostering


Rachel and Peter Maxwell are the adoptive parents of Leevi, born in 2009. Leevi's adoption order was made in February ...

'It took forever but it was worth it'

It took six years for the Maxwells to adopt Leevii. And with only 87 children adopted in NSW last year, the state government is working on fixing the process.

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Deirdre Cheers is the CEO of Barnardos Australia.

For some children, adoption is the best option

Australia hasn’t a lot to be proud of when it comes to children in care. The impact of past child welfare policies, specifically the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children, the Forgotten Australians who grew up in institutional care, and the injustice of forced adoption must always be remembered. It is a shameful history.

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Lesbian couple told to hand back toddler

A baby girl relinquished by her mother at birth into the care of a lesbian couple will be "transitioned" back to her biological family after the mother later "changed her mind".

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