Queensland to legalise adoption by same-sex couples

SAME-SEX couples in Queensland are now one step closer to being able to adopt children within the state.

Queensland Community Minister Shannon Fentiman announced today the state would move to overturn laws that banned same-sex couples from adopting in Queensland.

It is one of a number of laws that discriminate against same-sex couples the Labor government has moved to overturn since coming into power in 2015.

The proposed changes would also allow other groups of people currently banned from adopting to be eligible.

It includes single people and couples undergoing fertility treatment such as IVF.

The recommendations were part of a review the government commissioned into the Adoption Act 2009.

Ms Fentiman said more than 350 people and organisations had their say during the review.

She said the changes would bring Queensland into line with Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Adoption rates in Queensland are among the lowest in the country.

Children By Choice said only 8-12 babies born to Queensland mothers are adopted each year.

A higher number of adoptions are made by step parents, and an even higher number of children are adopted from overseas.

Nineteen children from overseas were adopted by Queensland parents in 2014-15.

Another nine children were adopted by a step-parent in the same year, and 10 children born in Queensland were adopted.


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