‘Moving a behemoth’: Turning around the Ever Given ship of Australian society
This ‘Yesvember’, adoption advocates are ramping up their fight to be heard by leaders in government.
Australian actress and Adopt Change founder Deborra-Lee Furness told Joe Hildebrand attitudes towards adoption have come a long way since she began her advocacy in 2008, but there’s still lots to be done.
“We had an anti-adoption culture, so we were trying to shift this behemoth of a negative issue.
“Cut to 2021, we have parliamentary friends of adoption, which is with a group of MPs from all sides … and now we have every state on board.”
“It’s almost like that container ship in the Suez Canal, and we’re trying to turn it around,” Joe remarked.
Part of the reluctance to support adoption begins with the spectre of the Stolen Generations, Ms Furness explained, despite it having “nothing to do” with the modern issue.
“I am not pro-adoption, I would love to keep every child with their families.
“But … these kids can’t remain in a safe environment at home.”
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