A Gap in the Adoption Act 2009 (QLD): The Case for Allowing Adult Adoption
AbstractAdults who wish to be adopted do so to regularise legal affairs within the family and to resolve issues of identity. Blanket bans on adult adoption prevent people from enjoying these practical and emotional benefits over an entire lifetime, by mere accident of age. Queensland’s new Adoption Act provides a model of an arbitrary ban on adult adoption that is contrasted with several more liberal approaches in other common law jurisdictions. Additionally, adult adoption provides a unique perspective from which to consider the theoretical limits of ‘the child’ in the ‘best interests of the child’ principle underpinning most adoption statutes.
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