All 11 countries with overseas adoption agreements with Australia currently ban gay couples, but there was reason to believe that would change, a family law professor has claimed.
South Africa was the most likely option, UTS law professor Jenni Millbank told the NSW Parliament’s same-sex adoption inquiry last week.
-œThere is some possibility in the future that South Africa will become a sending country and South Africa does permit same-sex adoption and has done for about 10 years now, she told the inquiry.
-œBut the Government of South Africa is actually very opposed to international adoption generally. I think that if we are looking at the medium to long term I would say they would be the likeliest country who would provide children under the Convention that could be adopted by same-sex couples, if they choose to pursue inter-country adoption in the future.
Millbank said that the list of countries with adoption agreements with Australia changed periodically, but usually included only Third World countries.

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