The number of children adopted in Australia during 1996-97 increased despite an overall decline in the number of adoptions since the late 1960s.
Adoptions Australia 1996-97 shows that there were 709 adoptions in 1996-97 - an increase of 41 children in 1995-96. Most children adopted (62%) were Australian-born and of these, 75% were adopted by non-relatives.
Co-author of the report, Ms Carolyn Dunn, said the number of adoptions had fallen substantially since its peak of almost 10,000 in 1971-72.
She said changing attitudes to single parenthood, and changes to legislation relating to adoption by relatives - particularly step parents - were just some of the reasons for the sharp decline in adoption numbers.
"Wider availability of birth control and greater options - such as IVF for infertile couples - have also affected adoption rates." Ms Dunn said.
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