The Commonwealth Government will make it simpler to adopt children from overseas.
A new one-stop-shop will be established – the Intercountry Adoption Support Service – to help Australian families work through what can be a long, frustrating and painful process.
Prospective families will be able to access a dedicated 1800 help line and a special website.
Trained staff will advocate on their behalf, dealing with state authorities and partner countries.
Families will be able to get direct referrals to the people they need to talk to.
The plan includes funding for family support services to provide much needed help to parents and families involved in adoption.
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