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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 21 September 2017 at 22:32)
Chapter 4 Part 2 Division 2
Division 2 Aboriginal children
33   Aboriginal participation in decision making
(1)  The Secretary or appropriate principal officer must ensure that the following are consulted about the placement of an Aboriginal child:
(a)  a person approved in accordance with section 195, or
(b)  a person nominated by the child’s parents, extended family or kinship group, as recognised by the Aboriginal community to which the child belongs, or by that community, with expertise in relation to the adoption or substitute care of Aboriginal children.
(2)  In addition, the Secretary or appropriate principal officer must ensure that the placement of the child is made in consultation with a local, community-based and relevant Aboriginal organisation.
34   Application of Aboriginal child placement principles
(1)  The Secretary or appropriate principal officer is to make reasonable inquiries as to whether a child to be placed for adoption is an Aboriginal child.
(2)  The Aboriginal child placement principles are to be applied in placing a child that the Secretary or principal officer is satisfied is an Aboriginal child for adoption.
35   Aboriginal child placement principles
(1) General principle It is a principle to be applied in the administration of this Act that Aboriginal people should be given the opportunity to participate with as much self-determination as possible in decisions relating to the placement for adoption of Aboriginal children (which is a concept that is absent in customary Aboriginal child care arrangements).
(2) The general order for placement The Aboriginal child placement principles are as follows:
(a)  The first preference for placement of an Aboriginal child is for the child to be placed for adoption with a prospective adoptive parent or parents belonging to the Aboriginal community, or one of the communities, to which the birth parent or birth parents of the child belongs.
(b)  If it is not practicable or in the best interests of the child for the child to be placed in accordance with paragraph (a), the child is to be placed with a prospective adoptive parent or parents from another Aboriginal community.
(c)  If it is not practicable or in the best interests of the child for the child to be placed in accordance with paragraph (a) or (b), the child is to be placed with a non-Aboriginal prospective adoptive parent or parents.
(3) Placement of child with person who is not Aboriginal An Aboriginal child is not to be placed with a non-Aboriginal prospective adoptive parent unless the Court is satisfied that the prospective adoptive parent:
(a)  has the capacity to assist the child to develop a healthy and positive cultural identity, and
(b)  has knowledge of or is willing to learn about, and teach the child about, the child’s Aboriginal heritage and to foster links with that heritage in the child’s upbringing, and
(c)  has the capacity to help the child if the child encounters racism or discrimination in the wider community,
and that the Aboriginal child placement principles have been properly applied.
Note.
 Placement with a non-Aboriginal prospective adoptive parent requires an application to the Court for a preliminary hearing—see section 80.
(4) Child with one Aboriginal parent and one non-Aboriginal parent If a child has one Aboriginal parent and one non-Aboriginal parent, the child may be placed with the person with whom the best interests of the child will be served having regard to the objects of this Act.
(5)  If a child to whom subsection (4) applies:
(a)  is placed with a person who is not within an Aboriginal family or community, an adoption plan must provide for the child to have the opportunity to develop an identity with the Aboriginal community to which the child belongs, or
(b)  is placed with a person who is within an Aboriginal community, an adoption plan must provide for the child to have the opportunity to develop an identity with the non-Aboriginal community to which the child belongs.
36   Alternatives to placement for adoption to be considered
An Aboriginal child is not to be placed for adoption unless the Secretary is satisfied that the making of the adoption order is clearly preferable in the best interests of the child to any other action that could be taken by law in relation to the care of the child.
Note.
 Examples of other action that may be taken by law are the making of a care order under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 or a parenting order under the Family Law Act 1975 of the Commonwealth.