Lifestyle

PM’s international adoption law vow

STILL CONCERNED: Kerri Saint worries that those who would liberalise overseas adoption laws still do not understand that many of the children involved are not really orphans.
STILL CONCERNED: Kerri Saint worries that those who would liberalise overseas adoption laws still do not understand that many of the children involved are not really orphans. Renee Pilcher

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised The Gympie Times he will not "repeat the mistakes of the past" in his plan to liberalise overseas adoption laws.

But the Imbil woman whose concerns he was addressing says she is worried the Prime Minister still does not "get it," saying some overseas adoptions are really about kidnapping, even stealing children off the streets for profit while parents are not looking.

Many overseas orphanages are full of children who still have living relatives and are not orphans, even if their parents cannot afford to feed them, she said.

"They might have a famine that year and, well, what would you do?

"Often they hope to be able to visit their children and take them home again when they have enough food.

"They don't expect their children to be taken away and to never see them again."

She wants people who are concerned about children to help keep them with their biological families, rather than engage in what she calls "legalised child stealing".

A victim of forced adoption in the 1960s, Ms Saint says children and their parents never recover from the loss when they are separated "and the ripple effect causes problems for their children and grandchildren".

In a personally signed letter, sent care of The Gympie Times, Mr Abbott thanked me for sending him our report of Ms Saint's concerns about overseas adoption, as advocated by celebrities like Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness.

"In working through the issue of adoptions, I am determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

"However, I also believe there are many children - both here and abroad - who would benefit from a good home.

"For a child, indeed for anyone, it is far better to be loved than not to be loved at all.

"There are also people who would love to be parents but, for all sorts of reasons, it is very difficult," he said.

Mr Abbott promised to pass Ms Saint's concerns onto his interdepartmental committee on overseas adoption and to consider the views of those affected by forced adoption.

Gympie Times

Topics:  adoption kerri saint tony abbott



Photo comp: Mum captures summer, wins a camera

A beautiful summer's day at Double Island Point - User Contributed

We asked for your summer photos, and you delivered

What's on in Gympie this weekend and on Australia Day?

Check out the Gig Guide for a couple of fun ideas for Australia Day, including a family friendly event at the Jockey Club Hotel.

The Gig guide for this weekend and next Wednesday and Thursday

More than 100 passengers affected by train derailment

A freight train has derailed at Raglan.

Emergency services respond to freight train accident

Local Partners

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!