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Contents (2000 - 75)
Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 25 May 2018 at 14:47)
Chapter 2 Section 7
7   What are the objects of this Act?
(cf AI Act s 3)
The objects of this Act are as follows:
(a)  to emphasise that the best interests of the child concerned, both in childhood and later life, must be the paramount consideration in adoption law and practice,
(b)  to make it clear that adoption is to be regarded as a service for the child concerned,
(c)  to ensure that adoption law and practice assist a child to know and have access to his or her birth family and cultural heritage,
(d)  to recognise the changing nature of practices of adoption,
(e)  to ensure that equivalent safeguards and standards to those that apply to children from New South Wales apply to children adopted from overseas,
(f)  to ensure that adoption law and practice complies with Australia’s obligations under treaties and other international agreements,
(g)  to encourage openness in adoption,
(h)  to allow access to certain information relating to adoptions,
(i)  to provide for the giving in certain circumstances of post-adoption financial and other assistance to adopted children and their birth and adoptive parents.