Victorian adoption law review: have your say

Review of adoption law
11 August 2016

Adoption law reviewIndividuals and organisations with an interest, expertise or experience in adoption are invited to have their say on the future of Victorian adoption legislation.

The review will consider how best to ensure any changes to adoption laws promote the best interest and rights of children.

The Victorian Law Reform Commission is currently conducting a review of the Adoption Act 1984 to provide recommendations to government on updating Victoria’s 30-year-old adoption laws.

The Commission has released a consultation paper, which provides background information about the Act’s operations and includes questions for public response. Individuals and organisations are invited to participate in the consultation process by writing a submission or meeting with Commission staff.

Other matters under review include adoption eligibility, the application process, access to adoption information and the birth certificates of adopted people.

This review follows other changes to the Adoption Act that were passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2015, including the repeal of contact statements and allowing adoption by same-sex couples.

The Commission is conducting public consultations from mid-August. Consultations will be held in Melbourne and in regional centres.

For more information, including the review terms of reference and information about the consultations, please visit the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s website.

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