Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Adoption Viable Option For Unprepared Parents


Adoption Viable Option For Unprepared Parents

ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today urged the Labour Government to review its approach to child adoption, after two teenage parents in Dunedin were convicted of neglecting their three-month-old baby girl.

"The child was left with a broken thigh and no medical treatment for up to three weeks, showing that this couple is obviously not ready to be parents - yet these circumstances are mirrored throughout the country," Dr Newman said.

"Adoption was once an accepted option for unprepared parents in this country, with around 3,000 adoptions a year during the 1970s. This has dropped to only a few hundred. At the same time, however, the number of children being taken into state care is soaring, from 2,432 in 1996 to 4,480 in 2002 - an increase of 2,048 in only six years - and is expected to rise by six to seven percent each year.

"For many of these children, long-term state care is the Government's preferred option. They will be denied the opportunity to move into stable homes that adoption offers. Meanwhile, couples wishing to adopt are being prevented from doing so by the anti-adoption Labour Government - which is even trying to close the only agency that allows New Zealand couples to adopt children from overseas.

"State care is supposed to be a last resort. Adoption offers children a chance for a more stable life and, with the present preference for open adoption, contact with their birth parents can be retained as well.

"I am calling on the Government to re-think its view on adoption. Using welfare to encourage couples - who are out of work, unstable and emotionally unprepared for the responsibilities and rigours of parenthood - to keep their children, regardless of their ability to care for them, will only lead to more damaged children being taken into state care and suffering negative outcomes later in life," Dr Newman said.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news