We believe that:
- Adoption should be an option in the child protection system. Adoption is not to be viewed as an alternative to alternate care.
- We believe that there are many care arrangements which could be explored while a child is in out of home care.
- A child should be involved in any decision about his/her adoption.
- When all family connections are exhausted then open adoption can be considered.
- We recommend that an independent panel be established to assess the viability of adoption and to ensure that all other care arrangements have been exhausted.
- Continual support for the child and adoptive parents.
- A child needs to be at least five years of age before an application for adoption can be made. A child must be in care for two years before an application can be made.
- The birth parents and child/ren have the right to maintain contact, if they desire it.