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released: 19 Dec 2016 author: AIHW

Adoptions Australia 2015–16, the 26th 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 1991–92. Data cover characteristics of adopted children, their parents and adoptive families, as well as applications and vetoes for contact and information exchange, and intercountry processing times. During 2015–16, there were 278 adoptions finalised across Australia, the lowest on record over the period reported: 100% of local adoptees were aged under 5, compared with 71% of intercountry adoptees and 9% of known child adoptees.

ISSN 1320-081X (Print) 2205-5037 (Online); ISBN 978-1-76054-064-7; Cat. no. CWS 59; 118pp.; $17

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary 
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Adoptions in Australia
      • 1.2 Recent developments
      • 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
      • 2.3 Motivations and expectations around adoption 
    • 3 Detailed analysis of adoptions in Australia in 2015-16
      • 3.1 Adoptions in 2015-16
      • 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 Alternatives to adoption 
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Statistical tables
    • Appendix B: Legislation
    • 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 2016. Adoptions Australia 2015–16. Child welfare series no. 65. Cat. no. CWS 59. Canberra: AIHW.

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