The Tasmanian Government has introduced into the parliament an amendment to the Adoption Act 1988 to allow those registered with a significant relationship, including unmarried and same-sex couples, to adopt an unknown child. Currently only heterosexual couples married for more than 3 years are eligible.
The amendment passed the lower house by a margin of 18 votes to 4. It will now be considered in the upper house - most likely on Wednesday, 26th June.
What is unknown adoption?
Unknown adoption is the adoption of a child not previously known to the adoptive parents.
Known adoption is when a couple adopts a child previously known to one or both of the adoptive parents (relatives, stepparents or carers). Tasmanian law currently allows the known adoption of step children in a same-sex partnership.
What’s the problem?
Children have the right to both a mother and a father (who ideally are in a stable committed relationship - marriage). We know that through tragedy or desertion this is not always possible, but adoption is one area where we can uphold this important value for the benefit of children.
There is no logical reason to suggest that changing the current Adoption Act 1988 is required when the needs of children have not changed and when there are so few children adopted anyway (a handful each year).
The proposed adoption bill promotes radical social change that negates the importance of gender in parenting.
What to do about it
Send an email to your upper house members, letting them know you support a child’s right to at least begin life with a mum and a dad.