Families, Policy and the Law: Selected Essays on Contemporary Issues for Australia.
Hayes, Alan. Higgins, Daryl.
Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Book International Resource
xv, 308 p.
This compilation of essays explores some of the complexities that confront those who frame social policy and those involved in the social services and legal systems that intersect with child and family issues. The genesis of the compilation was in a set of papers presented to the 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference held in Melbourne in July 2012. The essays address: trends in family transitions, forms, and functioning, and the implications for policy development and legislation; ancestry, identify and meaning, and the importance of biological ties in contemporary society; past adoption practices and key messages for service delivery responses and current policies; the forced adoption apology and the attempt of righting wrongs of a dark past; mothers’ experiences with open adoptions; reflections on the rise of commercial offshore surrogacy and family formation in Australia; the use of surrogacy by Australians and implications for policy and law reform; secrecy, family relationships, and the welfare of children born with the assistance of donor sperm; gay and lesbian parenting; step-parenting; child protection intake, referral, and family support; mandatory reporting laws; children in the out-of-home care system; justice and the protection of children; children, families, and the law; separation, divorce, and the indissolubility of parenthood; confidentiality and family counseling under the Family Law Act 1975; families with complex needs; post-separation parenting arrangements; family violence and financial outcomes after parental separation; Lionel Murphy and the dignified divorce; prosecuting child sexual abuse and the role of social science evidence; and collective awareness, common narratives, and coordinated approaches to promoting resilience. Numerous references.
Australia; child safety; foster children; adoption; trend analysis; policy formation; surrogate mothers; child welfare reform; divorce