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released: 10 Dec 2014 author: AIHW media release

Adoptions Australia 2013–14, the 24th report in the series, presents the latest data on adoptions of Australian children and children from overseas, and highlights important trends in the number of adoptions back to 1989–90. Data cover characteristics of adopted children, their parents and adoptive families, as well as applications and vetoes for contact and information exchange, and intercountry adoption processing times. During 2013–14, 317 adoptions were finalised across Australia. Among these adoptions: –64% were children from Australia and 36% were from overseas –28% were by carers, such as foster parents –32% of adoptees came from Asia –45% of adoptees were aged under 5.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978-1-74249-670-2; Cat. no. CWS 51; 120pp.; $16

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary pages
    • Title & verso title
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Adoption numbers remained low
      • More than a quarter of all adoptions were carer adoptions
      • Intercountry processing times stabilised
      • Taiwan continued to be the main country of origin for overseas adoptions
      • Children in local adoptions tended to be younger
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Adoptions in Australia
      • 1.2 Recent policy issues
      • 1.3 Data sources and processes
      • 1.4 Report structure
    • 2 Adoptions in Australia
      • 2.1 Categories of adoption
      • 2.2 Adoption legislation and processes
    • 3 Detailed analysis of adoptions in Australia in 2013-14
      • 3.1 Adoptions in 2013-14
      • 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
    • Appendixes
      • 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 2014. Adoptions Australia 2013-14. Child welfare series no. 60. Cat. no. CWS 51. Canberra: AIHW.

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