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Forming Families: National Adoption Awareness Week

October 21st, 2013

Episode 32 of 83 episodes

Adoption has been practiced in various ways in almost every community and culture throughout history, yet in Australia it has never been more difficult to adopt a child. Why is it easier for prospective parents to find donor eggs, donor sperm, embryos and surrogate mothers than it is to adopt an abandoned child from an international orphanage? Is it likely to be easier or more difficult for prospective parents to adopt in future? And what influence does government have in international adoption? In this special breakfast edition of the Fifth Estate, Sally Warhaft is joined by international guests Deborra-lee Furness, acclaimed actress and founder of National Adoption Awareness Week, and Dr Jane Aronson, paediatrician, adoption specialist, and founder of Worldwide Orphans, to discuss national and international adoption policy, programs and problems. Podcast Can’t attend? You still don’t have to miss out. Download the podcast here (mp3, 22.2mb) – or subscribe from the Fifth Estate’s series page. The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is indispensible live journalism – the Wheeler Centre’s series of fortnightly forums hosted by broadcaster, journalist and anthropologist Sally Warhaft. Sally’s formidable intelligence, innate curiosity and savvy interviewing style draws the best out of her subjects, resulting in surprising revelations or even breaking news – but always, a riveting exchange of ideas. Recent events (all available via podcast on our website) include John Hewson and Kristina Keneally on the public purse, Peter Reith and Dan Mori on asylum seekers and Senator Kim Carr on the ALP.