Inter-country adoption system on the way for couples

FAMILIES hoping to adopt a child from overseas could soon be able to overcome the barriers with a national system for inter-country adoption on the way.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week secured a deal with states and territories for the new arrangements, and has already secured an agreement with South Africa.

A statement from Mr Abbott's office said the new deal with South Africa will see children in need come up for adoption by Australian families.

He said the government would soon introduced changes to the Australian Citizenship Act to children overseas can become Australian citizens.

"As well, we will fix the problems associated with the visa system. It is too complicated at the moment and processing times are too long," Mr Abbott said.

The Abbott Government also released a report on inter-country adoption on Monday, which recommended similar programs to the South African deal be put in place for other nations.

Mr Abbott said the government was also hoping to have a new national system in place by early next year, pursuant to negotiations with state governments.


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