Louise Voigt, CEO of Barnardos Australia, is one of the most inspiring child advocates I've met through this journey with Adopt Change. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of their ground-breaking study into Open Adoptions in Australia.
Barnardos launches open adoptions study
Barnardos Australia will embark on a study into open adoptions, where birth parents remain in contact with their child.
Friday 12th of September 2014 02:06:29 AM
I'd love to see what you're wearing for #FootyColoursDay! Get on board for the amazing @FightCancerfdn team! <a href="http://ow.ly/B6SlG" target="_blank">http://ow.ly/B6SlG</a>
Footy Colours Day | Friday 5th September – Fight Cancer Foundation
Register your company, school, organisation or club now for FOOTY COLOURS DAY 2014 and support children and teens living with cancer.
Thursday 4th of September 2014 07:15:03 PM
Wonderful day launching Adopt Change last month in Sydney at the Hilton Sydney. Thanks to all who came and supported! Head to the Adopt Change website (www.adoptchange.org.au) for information on National Adoption Awareness Week 2014 and join our family!
Adopt Change Launch
On Wednesday 20 August, 2014 members of the adoption community, political leaders, sector representatives, and child advocates came together to launch Adopt ...
Thursday 4th of September 2014 04:04:05 AM
My opinion piece out today - <a href="http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/children-need-us-to-adopt-a-new-attitude-to-adoption/story-fni0cwl5-1227032375629" target="_blank">http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/children-need-us-to-adopt-a-new-attitude-to-adoption/story-fni0cwl5-1227032375629</a>
Thursday 21st of August 2014 10:37:05 PM
I spoke with Wendy Harmer at The Hoopla about inter-country adoption and our mission for better support systems for pre- and post-adoptive care in Australia.
<a href="http://thehoopla.com.au/time-change-inter-country-adoption/" target="_blank">http://thehoopla.com.au/time-change-inter-country-adoption/</a>
TIME FOR CHANGE ON INTER-COUNTRY ADOPTION -
There are over 150 million orphans in the world and parents in Australia willing to adopt. WENDY HARMER asked DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS how we can bring them together.
Friday 15th of August 2014 07:15:05 AM
Adoption Awareness are looking for young families in the NSW adoption community to be a part of a fun photo shoot with a professional photographer this Sunday in Sydney. Please get in touch with them via email if you or someone you know is interested - email@example.com
Wednesday 30th of July 2014 08:06:22 PM
I was truly honoured to join Louise Voigt from Barnardos Australia at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia for the Adoption Crisis Forum in November last year during National Adoption Awareness Week.
Looking forward to seeing the results of this groundbreaking research on open adoptions in Australia!
Open adoptions to go under Barnados microscope
Removed by the courts from her drug-addicted mother as a baby, 18 year-old HSC student Tori Peden has become a fierce advocate of the benefits of open adoption.
Thursday 10th of July 2014 09:57:48 PM
I support Children in Families First. Join me, sign the petition - <a href="http://www.petition2congress.com/15065/all-children-everywhere-need-families-help-right-wrong/" target="_blank">http://www.petition2congress.com/15065/all-children-everywhere-need-families-help-right-wrong/</a> #CHIFF #SupportCHIFF
All Children Everywhere Need Families. Help Right a Wrong.
Wednesday 25th of June 2014 10:47:16 PM
Orphans Under the Radar | Dr. Jane Aronson <a href="http://ow.ly/y71NB" target="_blank">http://ow.ly/y71NB</a>
Orphans Under the Radar
There are some things I can't lie about. There is nothing to be done for waiting children in orphanages, unless there is foster care or trained...
Monday 16th of June 2014 10:10:09 PM
I recorded the introduction for tomorrow night's Australian Story on National Adoption Awareness Week Ambassador Jules Allen. Here's a pic of us with Dr Jane, Dr Karyn and Jules' daughter India at the Sydney Opera House at the beginning of NAAW 2013 (cr. Nicholas Wilson).
8PM, Monday 2 June on ABC1
<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/austory/" target="_blank">http://www.abc.net.au/austory/</a>
This week's program provides an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of the reality TV phenomenon that's captured the TV landscape in Australia.
Saturday 31st of May 2014 10:21:31 PM
Here are the full 2 pages of Dr Jane's blog post - the second page didn't post yesterday. Dr Jane Aronson is CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO)
Saturday 31st of May 2014 09:38:50 PM
Attached here is a beautiful blog post written by my dear friend, and fellow child advocate, Dr. Jane Aronson, CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). Keep an eye out for Hopeland :)
Friday 30th of May 2014 05:00:00 PM
"Today, Federal Parliament heard the Second Reading of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill by the Prime Minister.
The Government has acknowledged that they want to make it easier to adopt when it is in the best interest of the child, and not to repeat mistakes of past practice."
Today, Federal Parliament heard the Second Reading of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Intercountry Adoption) Bill by the Prime Minister.
The Government has acknowledged that they want to make it easier to adopt when it is in the best interest of the child, and not to repeat mistakes of past practice.
"The purpose of this bill is to facilitate the grant of Australian Citizenship to children adopted by Australian citizens under bilateral adoption arrangements between Australia and countries that are not party to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption." - Tony Abbott.
Australia still requires potential partner countries be willing to participate in an intercountry adoption arrangement with Australia that will meet the standards and safeguards equivalent to those required under the Hague Convention.
Some other points mentioned in the speech include:
- Australia is in discussions with seven other countries to open intercountry adoption programs
- COAG has agreed in principle to a new national overseas adoption service from 2015
- an acknowledgement that this process of amending the legislation and processes will not be immediately simple and straightforward.
Our Chairman, John O'Neill will be on the midday news on ABC1 and ABC News24 today to discuss the reading.
Another step in the right direction!
Wednesday 28th of May 2014 10:13:47 PM
<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-orders-new-national-boost-to-overseas-adoption-20140504-zr4ey.html#ixzz30melEETE" target="_blank">http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-orders-new-national-boost-to-overseas-adoption-20140504-zr4ey.html#ixzz30melEETE</a>
Founder of National Adoption Awareness Week, Deborra-lee Furness and the Board of Adoption Awareness Ltd welcome the announcement regarding forthcoming changes to adoption laws based on the findings of the Inter-Departmental Committee. Adoption Awareness Ltd is one of the organisations and individuals to make a submission to the IDC appointed by the Office of the Prime Minister in December last year. The Hon. Tony Abbott MP has today announced his impending actions in response to the recommendations of the Committee.
Deborra-lee Furness has said “the Prime Minister should be applauded for his continued efforts in prioritising this very important adoption law reform. Since the inspiring event at Kirribilli House in December last year, submissions made to the IDC have been interpreted and the recommendations are encouraging. We are looking forward to seeing the announced changes implemented over the coming 9 months, particularly the streamlining of processes in Australia, and opening of inter-country adoption programs with more countries like South Africa, announced today. I see this as a meaningful step towards helping the millions of vulnerable children around the world.”
Sunday 4th of May 2014 06:30:10 PM
The Council of Australian Governments have revealed the results of their discussions on intercountry adoption at their meeting today... and it's good news!
The Prime Minister and State Premiers have all confirmed that they support these actions and subsequent reforms to adoption legislation and systems. The following news from the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG - https://www.coag.gov.au/) was released this afternoon:
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
Adopting a child from overseas is an emotional and complex undertaking.
Different requirements across Australia can create even more difficulty for families wanting to adopt a child from overseas.
COAG supports adoption conducted in the best interests of the child and consistent with the safeguards of the Hague Convention.
COAG agreed in principle to the Commonwealth’s proposal to provide a new national intercountry adoption service for all Australians wanting to adopt a child from overseas.
Under the new service, the Commonwealth will fund either a new accredited non- government organisation or organisations, or a Commonwealth agency, to provide services for intercountry adoption by early 2015.
The Commonwealth and the States and Territories will work closely together to make sure there is a smooth transition to the new system.
We are incredibly pleased to hear this news of support and action towards improving Australian adoption processes to ensure our systems are ethical, expedient, and centre around the best interests of the child.
Friday 2nd of May 2014 03:08:11 AM
We shared a fantastic night with President @billclinton and family hosting the CGI @clintonglobal benefit
Photo @thehughjackman <a href="http://ow.ly/wowrY" target="_blank">http://ow.ly/wowrY</a>
Friday 2nd of May 2014 12:17:36 AM
"To be a mother is to be a student. I always thought I would be the teacher, all wise, all knowing—but of course, life throws us curve balls at every bend, that act as a reminder to always remain humble and open."
Read and share my post for the #globalmoms relay:
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Each time a person likes or shares the post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to helping mother's and children worldwide.
My Mother Taught Me Hurdles Are Jumpable
In my world, women were dynamic, in charge and all-powerful. I later learned, as a young woman who ventured out into the real world, that wasn't necessarily the lay of the land out there....
Wednesday 30th of April 2014 09:53:57 PM
I wholeheartedly support CHIFF - Children In Families First!!
Show your support by signing this petition, which will send a direct message to your local member in the USA.
<a href="http://www.petition2congress.com/15065/all-children-everywhere-need-families-help-right-wrong/" target="_blank">http://www.petition2congress.com/15065/all-children-everywhere-need-families-help-right-wrong/</a>
All Children Everywhere Need Families. Help Right a Wrong.
Wednesday 16th of April 2014 09:25:01 PM