Have your say on the operation of the state’s adoption laws
BUNDABERG residents are encouraged to have their say on the operation of the state's adoption laws with a comprehensive review to be carried out by the Queensland Government.
Member for Bundaberg, Leanne Donaldson said a public consultation process had begun as part of the review into the operation of the Adoption Act 2009.
"It's important that we continue to consider the impact of Queensland's adoption legislation on children and families," she said.
"The current Act, which came into effect in February 2010, sets out the need for a five-year review to ensure the legislation keeps up with changes to modern life and family structures.
"We know that for a small number of children, adoption is the best way to provide a safe and stable environment for their formative years.
"So our goal is to ensure adoption practice remains contemporary, best meets the needs of the children involved and reflects the lessons learned in the past."
Ms Donaldson said everyone now had the chance to be a part of this process by making a submission as part of the public consultation process.
A discussion paper has been launched to help guide submissions and to provide more information about adoption in Queensland over the last five years.
Ms Donaldson said the Queensland Government was committed to ensuring Queensland's adoption laws remain contemporary.
"This review provides an opportunity for the government to work with the community to make sure our legislation is up-to-date and reflects best practice and the real-life experiences of children and families," she said.
"This is a perfect opportunity for Queenslanders to have their say and help shape the future of adoption and child protection more generally in our state."
To have your say or to get a copy of the discussion paper, go to www.qetinvolved.qld.gov.au