Media Release: Launching Adoptee Rights Australia Inc. (ARA)

ARA aims to fulfil the urgent need in Australia for a national adoptee representative peak body run by, and for, adopted people. To date, other stakeholders’ views have been prioritised and ARA was formed in response to a longstanding need to have our voices heard in relation to adoption policy and services. To this end, ARA aims to promote Australian adoptees as key contributors as opposed to passive objects within adoption debates.

Core Value

ARA recognises that adopted people are the experts in adoption. This is not only due to their lived experience, but also because of their breadth of knowledge and skills in the adoption field and wider academic and professional careers.

Key Objectives

ARA aims to provide an independent national voice for Australian adoptees, conducted on the basis of democratic elections and policy voting. To this end, and as the peak body, ARA will work with other stakeholders towards the common goal of improving adoption through education, policy and legislation. We are committed to learning from the mistakes made by past adoption practices and, most importantly, considering modern developments in adoption, law and society.

ARA exists to promote the voices of adopted people in Australia, informing services, policy and legislation on adoption at state and national levels.

  • Dr Catherine Lynch (NSW) – President
  • Sharyn White (SA) – Vice President
  • Christin Coralive (QLD) – Treasurer
  • Glen Scott (SA) – Secretary
  • Jamie Harrison (VIC) – Ordinary Committee Member
  • Carol Maney (TAS) – Ordinary Committee member
  • Peter Capicola Moore (NSW) – Ordinary Committee Member & Public Officer
Get Involved

We welcome the opportunity to liaise with relevant government and non-government organisations and other key stakeholders who share the objectives of restoring, protecting and promoting the human rights and wellbeing of adopted people.

To arrange interviews or comment, please contact:

William Hammersley: [email protected]

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Twitter: @AdopteeRightsAu