LGBTI Queenslanders can now legally adopt a child, after the Government amended the state’s adoption laws.
The change to the law came after a review of Queensland’s Adoption Act 2009, in which hundreds of Queenslanders and organisations provided feedback.
Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which passed parliament last night, removed “discriminatory barriers”.
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“It is only fair members of our LGBTI community have the same rights as any other Queenslander, and that includes the right to raise a family with an adopted child,” Ms Fentiman said.
The reforms bring Queensland into line with New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.
“These new laws will ensure our legislation is contemporary and reflects the needs and experiences of children requiring adoption in Queensland, now and into the future,” she said.
Ms Fentiman added the new law will also improve access to information by an adoptee, birth parents or an adult relative.
“This recognises the difficulties in tracing family members who have lost contact with the department, and the importance to people over generations to gain this information in order to both preserve their family history and their own personal story,” said Ms Fentiman.