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CENTACARE RESISTS PRESSURE FOR COUPLES-ONLY ADOPTION
The Catholic welfare agency Centacare, together with its Anglican counterpart, will not allow single people to adopt children despite changes to NSW adoption laws.
    "Centacare will maintain the requirement that those applying are a couple," said Centacare's adoption program principal officer, Angharad Kandlin. Anglicare's position is similar.
    Adoption is currently governed by the Adoption of Children Act 1965 but, in keeping with changing social mores including ideas about what is best for the child, many aspects of adoption practice have changed over the years. The new Adoption Act will allow single people to be considered as adoptive parents, although not gays or lesbians. It also removes the maximum age restrictions on prospective adoptive parents.
    Despite Centacare and Anglicare sticking with current restrictions relating to adoptive parents, both Ms Kandlin and Ms Adele Elliott of Anglicare welcomed the new Adoption Act, saying it was very positive and brought legislation into line with current adoption practice.
   
Cath Weekly
   
11 Aug 00



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