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    The ties that bind By RACHELLE CHAPMAN 03jul06 POTENTIAL adoptive parents take note - the State s local and inter-country adoption registers have been
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      The ties that bind
      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
      Reynolds said.

      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 months
      old - 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
      from China.

      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."

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