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released: 14 Dec 2012 author: AIHW media release

This report contains comprehensive information relating to adoptions in Australia, including characteristics of adopted children, adoptive families and birth mothers. For the first time, the report also contains information on the processing times for intercountry adoption. During 2011-12 there were 333 finalised adoptions across Australia; the lowest annual number on record. Among these: 45% were intercountry, 17% were local and 39% were `known' child adoptions; 58% of adopted children were aged under 5; 86% of intercountry adoptees came from Asia; 54% of `known' adoptions were by carers, such as foster parents.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978-1-74249-383-1; Cat. no. CWS 42; 108pp.; $20

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Adoptions in Australia
      • 2.1 Categories of adoption
      • 2.2 Adoption legislation and processes
      • 2.3 Special needs children
      • 2.4 Post-adoption adjustment and support
    • 3 Detailed analysis of adoptions in Australia in 2011-12
      • 3.1 Adoptions in 2011-12
      • 3.2 Intercountry adoptions
      • 3.3 Local adoptions
      • 3.4 Known child adoptions
      • 3.5 Access to information
    • 4 Trends in adoptions in Australia
      • 4.1 Trends in categories of adoptions
      • 4.2 Adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
      • 4.3 Permanent care orders (Victoria only)
  • End matter
    • Appendix A Statistical tables
    • Appendix B Legislation
      • B.1 Summary of legislation
      • B.2 Provisions for open adoptions
      • B.3 Access to information and veto systems
      • Appendix C Countries party to the Hague Convention
    • Appendix D Data quality statement
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Adoptions Australia 2011-12. Child welfare series no. 54. Cat. no. CWS 42. Canberra: AIHW.

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