Labour calls for adoption law overhaul

NZ Herald Jul 29, 2011

Labour has joined calls for an overhaul of adoption laws, and has said it will introduce legislation to better recognise modern adoption circumstances. Labour’s youth justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern will next week table a Care of Children Law Reform Bill, which would require the Law Commission to review and update adoption legislation. The bill would replace the Adoption Act, which is more than 50 years old. “The current Act fails to recognise that more than three-quarters of children adopted today are not adopted by `strangers’ but by wider family, including relatives and long-term partners of the biological parents,” she said. “It also fails to take into account the number of legislative changes introduced over the past decade areas such as assisted reproduction technology, surrogacy and the legal status of de facto relationships and civil unions.” Ms Ardern’s announcement today comes a day after adoption advocacy group Adoption Action filed a claim with the Human Rights Review Tribunal. The group complained that the current Act and other adoption laws and practice notes discriminated against certain groups on a number of grounds, including of sex, marital status, and religious or ethical belief.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10741667
Arden calls for change of adoption laws
Newstalk ZB 31/07/2011
A family values lobby group says the purpose of adoption isn’t to provide a child to adults, but to provide a family to a child. Labour’s youth justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern will this week table a Care of Children Law Reform Bill, in a move to modernise the law. This would see adoption extended to de facto and civil union couples. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says there is no shortage of couples wanting to adopt. He says the problem with same sex couples, surrogacy and single parent adoption, is that it intentionally creates motherless and fatherless families.
http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyid=201518
Newstalk ZB

Move to ‘modernise’ adoption laws sparks debate
ONE News 31 July 2011
A family values lobby group is opposed to calls from Labour to ‘modernise’ adoption laws. Family First NZ says the purpose of adoption is to provide a family to a child. “The purpose of adoption is not to provide a child to adults,” national director Bob McCoskrie said.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/move-modernise-adoption-laws-sparks-debate-4333850