Sunday morning is my favorite. I love reading the newspaper in bed and while I was flicking through the news stories this morning I was excited to see the headline "Abbott moves to ease overseas adoptions". Now anybody who has looked into adoption in Australia knows just how difficult it is- domestically or internationally. There are often many years of paperwork and waiting which do not guarantee an adoption. In fact the number of adoptions in Australia per year IN TOTAL only number in the hundreds. Yes, hundreds. It was an option we basically ruled out early in our infertility journey as we had heard so many horror stories where people had waited years only to find out that that country had closed adoption agreements with Australia. Now- just as we are starting to look at the option of having non-biological children through donor eggs or donor embryos- I am thrilled to see that our Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to reform adoption processes and slash the red-tape that prevents so many intended parents from adopting overseas. Apparently actors Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah-Lee Furness have been very effective in their efforts to campaign for easier adoption in Australia and have contributed to Abbott's decision.They themselves adopted in the US where it is much more common.
So while we are not looking at adoption at this stage it is such a relief to know that it is an option that could be available to us (and many others) down the track. A great start to a Sunday morning I would say :)