Advocacy groups want legal changes after an adoption agency refused to consider an Aboriginal baby’s aunt as a carer because she was in same-sex relationship.
A refusal to consider placing an Aboriginal baby in the care of an aunt because she was in a same-sex relationship has prompted calls for legal reform.
Adoption agency Anglicare Sydney did not assess the child’s maternal aunt despite her mother’s wishes to have the baby under the long-term care of an Aboriginal family member.
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre called for the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act – which allows for exceptions in religious-based foster care – to be overhauled.
‘The fact that, in 2024, religious adoption and foster care services have special legal privileges to discriminate against same-sex couples is a shameful reminder of the urgent need for reform,’ Policy and Advocacy Director Alastair Lawrie said.