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released: 26 Nov 2004 author: AIHW media release

This report presents adoption statistics provided by state and territory community services departments for the period 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004. The report covers all finalised adoptions, including information on adopted children, adoptive families and birth mothers. It provides data on the number of requests for information and the number of contact and information vetoes lodged by parties to an adoption. Important trends in the number of adoptions occurring in Australia over the last 30 years are also a key feature of the report.

ISSN 1320-081X; ISBN 978 1 74024 335 3; Cat. no. CWS 23; 55pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • List of tables and figures
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations and symbols
    • Summary
  • Sections
    1. Adoptions in Australia 2003-04
      • Introduction
      • Categories of adoption
      • Overview of adoptions in 2003-04
      • Trends in adoption
    2. Detailed information
      • Placement adoptions
        • Trends in placement adoptions by non-relatives
        • Local placement adoptions
        • Intercountry placement adoptions
        • Ages of children
        • Placement of children
        • Characteristics of adoptive families
      • 'Known' child adoptions
      • Adoption of Indigenous children
      • Permanent care orders
      • Access to information
        • Information applications
        • Contact and identifying information vetoes
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Summary of legislation
      2. Glossary
      3. Provisions for 'open' adoptions
      4. Appendix tables
      5. Countries party to the Hague Convention
      6. Access to information and veto systems
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2004. Adoptions Australia 2003-04. Child welfare series no. 35. Cat. no. CWS 23. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467663>.

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