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Glossary Term Adoption
- Glossary Term
Adoption is a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit). The official transfer through the court system of all of the parental rights that a biological parent has to a child, along with an assumption by the adopting parent of all of the parental rights of the biological parents that are being terminated and are assumed in their entirety by the adoptive parents, including the responsibility for the care and supervision of the child, its nurturing and training, its physical and emotional health, and its financial support. The first adoption legislation in Australia was enacted in Western Australia in 1896.
- 'Given or taken?', in abc.net.au, On 27 February 2012, the Four Corners program featured the issue of forced adoption in Australia., Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2012, http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/02/23/3438175.htm. Details
- Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices, Commonwealth of Australia, 29 February 2012, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2010-13/comm_contrib_former_forced_adoption/report/index.htm. Details
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 24 February 2009, Last modified: 6 July 2012