“That was Then, but This is Now”: Historical Perspectives on Intercountry Adoption and Domestic Child Adoption in Australian Public Policy

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Cuthbert, Denise, Spark, Ceridwen and Murphy, Kate Tamarind (2010) “That was Then, but This is Now”: Historical Perspectives on Intercountry Adoption and Domestic Child Adoption in Australian Public Policy. Journal of Historical Sociology, 23 (3). pp. 427-452. ISSN 0952-1909

Abstract

This paper brings historical perspectives to bear on the ambivalent and contradictory position of adoption in Australian public policy. It examines the divergent histories of Australian domestic and intercountry adoption (ICA) since the mid-1970s and the impact of these histories on adoption policy in Australia. It identifies tendencies in contemporary ICA to repeat elements of pre-reform era domestic adoption. In particular, it is argued that the resistance of ICA to the move to openness in local adoption has been an unacknowledged driver of ICA for many Australian families. We offer corrective readings of the rise of ICA in relation to domestic adoption and conclude by offering alternatives for adoption policy which better align the two kinds of adoption, focusing on the needs of children, as distinct from the desires of adults.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7923
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2010.01376.x
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6443.2010.01376.x
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Current > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID21952, adoption in Australian public policy, Australian domestic and intercountry adoption (ICA), alternatives for adoption policy, needs of children
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