Controversial Adoption Bill Before NSW Parliament
The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill, passed by the upper house of NSW Parliament last night, has stirred up controversy in the last few days. The bill hopes to improve the welfare of children at risk – who are placed into foster homes – by getting these kids out of state care and into permanent homes.
However – a rule requiring this must be done within two years and that guardianship orders can be made outside of court – has some worried that the bill may be doing more harm than good.
The Daily‘s Julia Carr-Catzel was joined Brooke Greenwood, solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service and the Public Interest Advocacy Service, to discuss how this bill may affect the welfare of NSW children.