Under the Adoption Act 1994 and its subsequent amendments, a 'highly regulated framework' promotes 'open adoption' which:
The Act also acknowledges and respects that adoption is not part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The Department responsible for child welfare in Western Australia is the only agency who can arrange adoptions.
In its 2010 reprint, the Adoption Act 1994 stated the following 'paramount considerations', or principles, to guide adoption practices:
(1)(a) the welfare and best interests of a child who is an adoptee or a prospective adoptee;
(b) the principle that adoption is a service for a child who is an adoptee or a prospective adoptee; and
© the adoption of a child should occur only in circumstances where there is no other appropriate alternative for the child.
(2) It is acknowledged that adoption is not part of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island culture and that therefore the adoption of a child who is an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander should occur only in circumstances where there is no other appropriate alternative for that child.'
30 July 2015
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00392
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