Gay adoption bill drawn from ballot
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 2:18p.m.
By 3 News online staff
A bill allowing same-sex couples to adopt has been drawn from the ballot, less than 24 hours after the first reading the gay marriage bill.
The Care of Children Law Reform Bill, submitted by Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, would extend adoption rights to civil union and de facto couples.
Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading 80-40 last night, would allow gay couples to adopt once married.
"What Louisa's bill does is enable gay couples to adopt because they would be considered spouses," Ms Ardern told Fairfax. "What mine does is make it more fit for purpose for all families who are using it."
She says it will bring the current adoption laws, some of which date back to 1955, into the modern era.
"At the moment our adoption laws are based on closed adoptions," Ms Ardern told Fairfax. "The people on the adoption order are the only people who maintain a relationship with that child. So the basic idea is to change the way we make decisions so the child is at the centre of everything and so it allows us to make decisions in their best interests."
The bill would require the Law Commission to look at the Adoption Act 1955 and the Care of Children Act 2004, and report its recommendations to the Minister of Justice.
In 2000, the commission produced the report, Adoption and Its Alternatives: A different Approach and a New Framework, which formed the basis of the Care of Children Act 2004, but adoption was left out.
In the new bill, Ms Ardern says the severing of relationships between the child and its birth parents is "outdated" and "no longer reflects current approaches to adoption, where less than a quarter of adoptions today are stranger adoptions".
She also says since 2004, new legislation concerning guardianship of children born to surrogate parents and through assisted reproduction technologies has been "inconsistent", and "does not in all cases include the welfare and best interests of the child as its paramount consideration".
Green MP Kevin Hague and National MP Nikki Kaye in May were reported to be working on their own bill to update New Zealand's adoption laws. Prime Minister John Key said it would have his backing through at least the first round, because gay adoption doesn't bother him.
When Ms Ardern's bill was first submitted last year, Family First's Bob McCoskrie said it would create "fatherless or motherless families".
"While not always possible because of breakdown, death and other factors, when we look at the difficult issue of adoption we must aim to give the child to be adopted the very best option we can - to be adopted by a mum and a dad," Mr McCoskrie told TVNZ.
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19/09/2012 9:42:06 a.m.
Craig Young wrote:
Wait a minute, let's step back and see what mainstream child health, welfare and development organisations have to say. Surely one can trust the judgement of qualified medical practitioners in this context. And...the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the US National Association of Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Barnados and the Canadian Psychological Association all back same-sex parenting in this context.
16/09/2012 6:29:43 p.m.
When i read the above introduction i had a bit of a think,and i could not think of anyone less able to legislate on behalf of child adoption.The unlikely three have to have a good reason for doing this ., It is not for the good of the child ,It has to be self serving, oh yes gay adoption .Will these people go to any length to get what they want.
Maggie Barry was right when she said you have to have children to understand,because once the child is born no matter how big or old they grow you are, or you feel responsible for them until the day you die. this is only an online of your future ,the reality is all consuming and us parents would not have it any other way.
When Helen Clark was in power she shamed many mothers into going to work when they would prefer to stay at home,they paid high childcare fees which left them with very little if any money at the end of the week, this is what happens when you put wrong people in charge .I think Ardern is looking for the top job.
and follow in the footsteps of Helen Clark
As for me i am totally against these people having anything to do with adoption, i am also against gay adoption
Where are the babies going to come from,Here
in newzealand we abort about 18000 babies every year that is a lot of little bodies .I suppose the above people think that is ok too.
John Key says he is not bothered about gay adoption .I think we should all be concerned what happens to these children who are put up for adoption
4/09/2012 2:06:25 p.m.
Once again, one suspects Investigate is citing discredited US "social scientist" Paul Cameron, expelled from the American Sociological and Psychological Associations for violation of research ethics and fabrication of 'evidence.' He is manifestly an untrustworthy source. Indeed, our own Indecent Publication Tribunal agreed, as was noted in the New Zealand Administrative Reports when the Society for Promotion of Community Standards made out that he was a 'reliable' source.
31/08/2012 5:25:28 p.m.
To all the people who say gender doesnt matter when raising kids THINK AGAIN
23% of children that have lesbian parents are sexually abused, 12 times higher than that of a man and a woman.
31/08/2012 10:05:50 a.m.
There was a case in the UK where a heroin addict mum did a sob story because unsurprisingly her kids had been taken off her and had been subsequently adopted by a loving caring gay couple and were doing well at school and were happy and fulfilled now.
31/08/2012 8:49:55 a.m.
Another side show from Labor.
30/08/2012 11:44:16 p.m.
Family First's Bob McCoskrie said it would create "fatherless or motherless families".
Yeah because there are no motherless and fatherless families at the moment, right? What a stupid thing to say. Go away Family First.
30/08/2012 9:47:42 p.m.
I have no problem with this, but I feel that the birth parents should be able to stipulate whether they want their baby to go to hetero or gay couple.
30/08/2012 7:03:05 p.m.
Great; It's about time! :-D
It's nonsense that a child needs two parents off opposite genders to be healthy and happy. The scientific consensus in peer-reviewed research suggests that children of gay parents are just as well off and healthy as those of str8 parents. Kids get their gender rolemodling from heaps of places (TV, friends, teachers, etc) - we don't see any (non-financial) difference with kids growing up with a single parent, do we?
30/08/2012 6:14:41 p.m.
Gay Marriage will enable gay adoption regardless of this Bill
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