The ties that bind
- The ties that bind
By RACHELLE CHAPMAN
POTENTIAL adoptive parents take note - the State's local and
inter-country adoption registers have been re-opened.
Child Safety Minister Mike Reynolds re-opened the Queensland register at
a function on Saturday.
Expressions of interest will be taken from today until July 2, 2007 from
parents hoping to adopt a child from another country or locally.
Mr Reynolds said the move was made to ensure the best possible pool of
prospective families for children requiring adoption.
With about four families accessed for each adopted child, Mr Reynolds
said it was important several hundred potential parents were on the
The department first opened the register for 12 months in 2004.
"Some 20 months on we have now replenished many of those couples who
were on that list and it's time to really add to that list again," Mr
In the last decade adoption trends have changed dramatically.
With the number of children given up for adoption in Queensland only
about 12 a year, more and more couples have turned to overseas adoption
More than 10 countries adopt children to Australian couples, with some
countries running much smaller programs than others.
For Townsville couple Pilar Sanchez and Jo Prego, their 19-month-old
adopted son Luca has become the light of their lives.
"He is just an incredible child," Mr Prego said.
>From the moment the couple met their son - then five-and-a-half monthsold - in South Korea, the little boy attached himself to them and has
been all smiles ever since.
Mr Prego said the process had made them more culturally aware.
"We've come to love and appreciate South Korea," he said.
He said the family would certainly return to the country in the future
and would ensure Luca understood and appreciated his culture.
The couples' advice to other parents hoping to adopt was simple.
"Persevere, and join a support group now," Mr Prego said.
It was a long and highly intrusive process, but had proved well worth
it, Ms Sanchez said.
The couple is now in the process of adopting a second child, this time
Townsville Adoption Support Group member Kristy Ogilvie attended the
Saturday opening to promote the support group and to tell interested
couples what it was all about.
She and husband Simon Hendry have a two-and-a-half-year-old adopted son,
Min Hendry, who was born in South Korea.
"It is just fantastic, we love it," Ms Ogilvie said of parenthood.
"I recommend it to other people who are interested - it is an involved
process but so is being parents."
Mr Reynolds said interested couples could find out more at an
information session being held in Townsville today.
"This move is recognition that the Department of Child Safety is seeking
more suitable placements for children who need good homes," he said.
"The registers are being re-opened to ensure there is sufficient
diversity of family characteristics and backgrounds to meet the
anticipated placement needs of children requiring an adoptive family."