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.

Topics:  adoption kerri saint tony abbott

Gympie Times


Temps are rising and dogs are still being left in cars

Dogs shouldn't be left in cars or on the back of utes: RSPCA.

Despite all the warnings dogs are still being left in cars

Vets warn pet owners, especially cat owners, to be vigilant

Cat owners in the Gympie region are warned to be especially vigilant about ticks.

Gympie vets warn cat owners about deadly tick season

SkateZone grabs new business second prize

SkateZone's Darren Nyberg, who wasn't at the awards to accept the runner's-up prize for New Business of the Year on Saturday.

Find out what set SkateZone apart from the other finalists

Local Partners

Mistake text message sealed Mackay couple's fate

Primary school teacher was trying to text a friend. She pinned in the wrong number. Then, this happened.

How Ben dedicates his new adventures to his beloved late wife

Ben’s wife Leah died of melanoma soon after their wedding.Source:Facebook

'You’re never going to stop living though me & Turbo'

How I ended up flying first class for the price of economy

So this is how the other half lives...

“QUICK! Check this out, can this be right?"

Sleep and sex will make you happier than a payrise, study shows

Abril Benedit and Facundo Arguello gave up their careers in psychology and marketing in Argentina to travel the world and spend more time with one another. Picture: Richard Dobson

“Better sleep is the biggest single contributor to living ­better."

Mum upset after sister steals both her baby names

She has two boys and her sister has used both her children's names for her own kids

"AIBU [Am I Being Unreasonable] to think this is a bit unfair?”

What you need to know before you ditch carbs

Instead of ditching carbs, switch to wholegrain (brown rice, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, spelt or polenta), along with fruits, beans and vegetables.

Not all carbs are the same and understanding the difference is vital

Mum doesn't know she has given birth

Sarah has been in an induced coma since she gave birth on August 28. Source: Gofundme

Her son won't be named until she wakes from her coma