In New South Wales, policy reform has seen the adoption process streamlined, something that the rest of Australia will need to catch on to if we are to increase adoption numbers in the future, and give foster children permanent families once and for all.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare today released a report that shows adoption rates have fallen dramatically over the past 25 years. Currently there are 11,000 Australian children in foster care hoping to one day find an permanent home, but without reforms to federal adoption policy they may be waiting for a while.

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