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released: 12 Dec 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report contains comprehensive information on adoptions in Australia, including the characteristics of adopted children, adoptive families and birth mothers. It also reports on the processing times for intercountry adoption, as well as on applications and vetoes lodged by parties to adoptions concerning contact and information exchange. During 2012-13, there were 339 finalised adoptions across Australia. Among these adoptions: -46% were 'known' child adoptions, 38% were intercountry, and 16% were local; -84% of intercountry adoptees came from Asia; -52% of 'known' adoptions were by carers, such as foster parents; -51% of adopted children were aged under 5.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978-1-74249-521-7; Cat. no. CWS 47; 120pp.; $17

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Australian adoptions increased while intercountry adoptions declined
      • Proportion of infants adopted from overseas continued to decline
      • Taiwan became the main country of origin for overseas adoptions
      • Intercountry processing times continued to rise
      • Children in local adoptions tended to be younger
      • Adoptions of Australian children by 'known' carers continued to increase
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Report structure
    • 2 Adoptions in Australia
      • Categories of adoption
      • Adoption legislation and processes
      • Special needs children
      • Motivations for adoption
      • Post-adoption adjustment and support
    • 3 Detailed analysis of adoptions in Australia in 2012-13
      • Adoptions in 2012-13
      • Intercountry adoptions
      • Local adoptions
      • Known child adoptions
      • Access to information
    • 4 Trends in adoptions in Australia
      • Trends in categories of adoptions
      • Adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  children
      • Permanent care orders (Victoria only)
    • 5 International comparisons
      • Total adoptions
      • Intercountry adoptions
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Statistical tables
      • Appendix B Legislation  
      • Appendix C Countries party to the Hague Convention
      • Appendix D Data quality statement: Adoptions Australia
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Adoptions Australia 2012-13. Child welfare series 57. Cat. no. CWS 47. Canberra: AIHW.

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