It is an "outrage and an embarrassment" that among the world’s nations, Australia ranks last in inter-country adoption, Deborra-Lee Furness said recently. The actress is advocating for the establishment of a government agency that is solely responsible for overseeing the issue of adoptions in Australia; According to Deborra-Lee, were it not for her dual-residency with the United States, she and husband Hugh Jackman would not have been able to adopt their own children Oscar, 7 and Ava, 2.
We’ve experienced it first-hand — we tried to adopt in Australia and couldn’t because we were overwhelmed by the hurdles and obstacles they put in our way…I’m fortunate. I have two beautiful children and that’s why people come to me and say, ‘Deb can you help me?’ I tell them it will be long, expensive and may not happen.
By saddling would-be parents with endless "red tape and bureaucracy" — including an up-to 7-year wait and a $10,000 application fee that is non-refundable, even in the event the application is rejected — the Australian government has, in effect, dissuaded countless childless couples from pursuing adoption according to Deborra-Lee. The U.S. adoptions of Oscar and Ava — by comparison — were quick, inexpensive "and not made impossible like it is here," the actress said.
We are the most blessed people in the world, but I have friends here who are coming up against so many brick walls.
Deborra-Lee also shared that she and Hugh were able to be present for the birth of both children; The couple have been married since 1996.
Source: Herald Sun
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