Australia Updates Intercountry Adoption Law
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Australia Updates Intercountry Adoption Law

International adoption and surrogacy has been a hot topic in the media of late. There has been speculation that the Intercountry surrogacy laws are under review while earlier this week a confirmed update to the existing Family Law Regulations was passed through with several countries mentioned. South Korea and the People’s Republic of China are in the process of being removed from the existing Family Law Regulation due to their recent signing of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

The Hague Convention came into force in 1995 and was the result of a convention with developed a globally recognized organization to deal with child laundering, child trafficking and international adoption. This new amendment has the addition of two new requirements:

  • That the State where the child habitually resides agrees to the adoption
  • The adoption must have the effect of ending the legal relationship between the child and any individual who was, immediately before the adoption, the child’s parent.

Any family’s which are currently in the process of adopting a child from South Korea, will still have the application and process honoured. If you have any questions about the updates, please contact one of our experienced and qualified migration agents based in Brisbane who will only be too happy assist.

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