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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness behind adoption push

They’re the famous adoptive parents of children Oscar, 17, and Ava, 12. 

And now Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, 49, and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 61, are leading the charge for more Australian children to be adopted locally.

Speaking to The Courier Mail this week, Adopt Change ambassador Deborrah-Lee said Australia is behind other developed nations when it comes to adoption.

 

A good cause: Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, 49, and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 61, are leading the charge for more Australian children to be adopted locally

‘If any Australian saw a two-year-old sitting by themselves on a street on the corner, would they just keep walking by? No,’ she said. 

‘These kids need us grown ups to advocate for them and I don’t need every Australian to adopt a child, I need them to be aware that they need a permanent family or need support services.

She continued: ‘We had a Prime Minister before in Tony Abbott who championed this … I think Malcolm (Turnbull) has got to pick (the ball) up I think Malcolm has got to champion this – “He needs to come on board.’

Speaking out: Speaking to The Courier Mail this week, Adopt Change ambassador Deborrah-Lee said Australia is behind other developed nations when it comes to adoption

Speaking out: Speaking to The Courier Mail this week, Adopt Change ambassador Deborrah-Lee said Australia is behind other developed nations when it comes to adoption

Only 196 Australian children were adopted locally last year, while nearly 40,000 more require a permanent home, according to the Courier Mail. 

On Sunday, the high-profile couple launched a campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the reported 40,000 Australian foster care children in need of permanent homes.

They are asking people to buy a T-shirt through advocacy group Adopt Change, which Deborra-lee founded, and post it to social media with the hashtag ‘#ahomeforeverychild.’ 

Leading by example: Deborra-Lee and Hugh are adoptive parents of children Oscar, 17, and Ava, 12 (pictured in 2012)

Leading by example: Deborra-Lee and Hugh are adoptive parents of children Oscar, 17, and Ava, 12 (pictured in 2012)

Deborra-Lee said Australia is ‘pretty much’ a laughing stock when it comes to local adoption rates. 

Her call for greater local adoption comes after assistant social services minister Zed Seselja confirmed Australia is in discussions to allow parents to adopt children from India. 

Adoptions from India have been banned since 2010 after allegations of illegal practices surfaced.

The assistant social services minister told the Courier Mail that India have improved their adoption system, and the Australian Government is engaged with Indian officials.    

On a mission: Deborra-Lee said - 'These kids need us grown ups to advocate for them and I don't need every Australian to adopt a child, I need them to be aware that they need a permanent family or need support services'

On a mission: Deborra-Lee said – ‘These kids need us grown ups to advocate for them and I don’t need every Australian to adopt a child, I need them to be aware that they need a permanent family or need support services’

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