Adoption equality starts now

From 1 September 2016, the Adoption Amendment Act 2015 came into effect, meaning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples can now apply to adopt in Victoria.

As a provider of Adoption and Permanent Care Services, Connections has followed this topic with great interest and welcomes this important amendment.

For a long time it has been our belief that Victoria’s Adoption Legislation was outdated and did not reflect the basic human rights of prospective LGBTI applicants. It is pleasing to finally see the Victorian Parliament also recognise this antiquated attitude and make the necessary changes.

We know there are many healthy infants who require a loving home but for many years have been denied this access because the Act excluded the LGBTI community.

This change now provides LGBTI couples with the same rights as any other couple to provide a loving home to a child looking for its forever family and will provide more opportunities for children to be matched with the best possible family.  

The changes also reflect that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity is distinct from their capacity to be a loving and caring parent.

We again would like to acknowledge the role of the Premier Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Equality, Martin Foley in advocating for rights of same-sex couples and reiterate our full support of this amendment.

Prospective parents should contact the Department of Health and Human Services or an approved adoption agency to apply.

Visit dhs.vic.gov.au/adoption for more information.