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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 25 October 2018) . . Page.. 4328 ..


(1) How many applications did the Government receive for the year 2018 (to date) and each year for the past five years for the following (a) adoption applications, (b) intercountry adoption applications and (c) step parent adoption.

(2) How many times were each of the following services provided by Child and Youth Protection Services for the year 2018 (to date) and each year for the past five years for the following (a) information seminar, (b) administrative fee, (c) home study, (d) post placement visits and reports and (e) step parent report.

(3) On average, how often are the following services provided to each applicant by Child and Youth Protection Services, (a) information seminar, (b) administrative fee, (c) home study, (d) post placement visits and reports and (e) step parent report.

(4) What was the total amount of adoption fees received by the Government for the year 2018 (to date) and each year for the past five years.

(5) How many (a) adoption applications, (b) intercountry adoption applications and (c) step parent adoption applications were granted for the year 2018 (to date) and each year for the past five years.

(6) How many (a) adoption applications, (b) intercountry adoption applications and (c) step parent adoption applications were rejected for the year 2018 (to date) and each year for the past five years.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The table below details the total number of applications for intercountry adoption received over the past six financial years.

Total number of applications for intercountry adoptions received per financial year

Financial year

Intercountry adoption applications

2018–2019*

0

2017–2018

5

2016–2017

1

2015–2016

4

2014–2015

3

2013–2014

4

*Data as at 24 August 2018.

The process for intercountry adoption requires an application form to be submitted to commence the process.

For local and known (including step parent) adoptions, the process towards adoption is significantly different to intercountry adoption. People interested in local or known adoption make an initial inquiry, participate in interviews and initial assessment, and attend evaluation seminars in order to understand the process and make decisions about whether adoption is an avenue they wish to pursue.

This data is currently not reported and would require significant resources to review individual case files and compile data.


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