International adoption in Australia

Inter-country adoption is a complicated issue – here are some facts and figures about Australian international adoptions.

  • In 2010, 197 children from overseas were adopted by Australian families, down from 434 in 2004-05.
  • At the end of the year, a total Australian 963 applications were waiting at overseas placement agencies .
  • Of the 197 placements approved for Australian families, most children (64) were from China, 31 were from Taiwan, and there were 26 each from South Korea and the Philippines.
  • The federal government manages the overseas programs; state authorities scrutinise and prepare families intending to adopt.
  • Adoptions can be expensive; for example, the adoption fee in South Korea was just raised from $US12000 to $US14000..
  • Different counties have different criteria: some will accept single women, some have age limits, some require parents to go to church.
  • Australia has adoption relationships with 14 countries.

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