Open adoption was first introduced 35 years ago in the Adoption Act 1984 in Victoria and then gradually introduced into other states and territories in Australia.

Adoption practices and effects including open adoption are not evidence based.

A national research project needs to be implemented into the long-term effects of open adoption, NOT a limited, childhood only, insular, state based research program like is happening in NSW.

What is needed is: – A program that is truly independent.

– Research that is NOT partnered or sponsored by NGOs, adoption agencies, Governments or people seeking to form families. This research should encompass Victoria and all other states and territories where open adoption has been implemented or included as part of the Adoption Acts or guidelines in Australia.

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