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Contents (2000 - 75)
Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 22 November 2017 at 02:46)
Chapter 4 Part 2 Division 3
Division 3 Torres Strait Islanders
37   Torres Strait Islander participation in decision making
(1)  The Secretary or appropriate principal officer must ensure that the following are consulted about the placement of a Torres Strait Islander child:
(a)  a person approved in accordance with section 196, or
(b)  a person nominated by the child’s parents, extended family or kinship group, as recognised by the Torres Strait Islander community to which the child belongs, or by that community, with expertise in relation to the adoption or substitute care of Torres Strait Islander 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 Torres Strait Islander organisation.
38   Application of Torres Strait Islander 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 a Torres Strait Islander child.
(2)  The Torres Strait Islander child placement principles are to be applied in placing a child that the Secretary or principal officer is satisfied is a Torres Strait Islander for adoption.
39   Torres Strait Islander child placement principles
(1) The general order for placement The Torres Strait Islander child placement principles are as follows:
(a)  The first preference for placement of a Torres Strait Islander child is for the child to be placed for adoption with a prospective adoptive parent or parents within the child’s extended family.
(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 within the community, or one of the communities, to which the birth parent or birth parents of the child belongs.
(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 prospective adoptive parent or parents from another Torres Strait Islander community.
(d)  If it is not practicable or in the best interests of the child for the child to be placed in accordance with paragraph (a), (b) or (c), the child is to be placed with a non-Torres Strait Islander prospective adoptive parent or parents.
(2)  A Torres Strait Islander child is not to be placed with a prospective adoptive parent who is not a Torres Strait Islander unless the Court is satisfied that the prospective parent:
(a)  has the capacity to assist the child to develop a healthy and positive cultural identity, and
(b)  is willing to learn about, and teach the child about, the child’s Torres Strait Islander heritage and 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 Torres Strait Islander child placement principles have been properly applied.
Note.
 Placement with a non-Torres Strait Islander prospective adoptive parent requires an application to the Court for a preliminary hearing—see section 80.
(3) Child with one Torres Strait Islander parent and one non-Torres Strait Islander parent If a child has one Torres Strait Islander parent and one non-Torres Strait Islander 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.
(4)  If a child to whom subsection (3) applies:
(a)  is placed with a person who is not within a Torres Strait Islander family or community, an adoption plan must provide for the child to have the opportunity to develop an identity with the Torres Strait Islander community to which the child belongs, or
(b)  is placed with a person who is within a Torres Strait Islander community, an adoption plan must provide for the child to have the opportunity to develop an identity with the non-Torres Strait Islander community to which the child belongs.