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Have your say on adoption review laws

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging locals to put forward their views on adoption laws to help shape a review being undertaken by the State Government.

Mr O’Brien said the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is reviewing the current adoption act that is more than 30 years old.

“Families have changed a lot over the past 30 years and this review will help ensure the act reflects modern day ideals and situations,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien said the VLRC’s review of adoption laws would look at:

  • Promoting the best interests of children, their rights and their ongoing needs;
  • Aligning with other key pieces of Victorian legislation; and
  • Better reflecting a contemporary understanding of family and community.

Mr O’Brien said this review was in addition to some recent changes to the Adoption Act 1984, which included allowing adoption by same sex couples.

“I’m encouraging locals with an interest in adoption to put their opinions forward and comment on the consultation paper put together by the VLRC,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There are a number of areas that people can comment on, including how relationship status and living arrangements affect a couple’s ability to adopt, how an adopted person’s identity is reflected on their birth certificate and how to provide for the best interests of Aboriginal children post adoption.”

Mr O’Brien said those wanting to make submissions or view the consultation paper should visit:  Submissions must be received by 16 September 2016 and can be made online.

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