Thursday, 12 February 2009

NSW Inquiry into Same Sex Adoption

Submissions to the New South Wales Parliament inquiry into same sex adoption close at midnight this Friday, 13th February.

The inquiry is by the Upper House's Law and Justice Committee. Its terms of reference are:

That the Standing Committee on Law and Justice inquire into and report on law
reform issues regarding whether NSW adoption laws should be amended to allow
same sex couples to adopt, with particular reference to:
a. ascertaining whether adoption by same sex couples would further the objectives of the Adoption Act 2000
b. the experience in other Australian and overseas jurisdictions that allow the adoption of children by same sex couples
c. whether there is scope within the existing programs (local and international)
for same sex couples to be able to adopt
d. examining the implications of adoption by same sex couples for children, and
e. if adoption by same sex couples will promote the welfare of children, then examining what legislative changes are required.

For more details about the inquiry and how to make submissions, click here.

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