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Forming Families: National Adoption Awareness Week

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.

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Jane Aronson

Dr Jane Aronson is a paediatrician, adoption medicine specialist and the founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans, a non-profit organisation that provides direct services to orphaned children globally.

Portrait of Deborra-lee Furness

Deborra-lee Furness

Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actor as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe. She founded National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia when she recognised the great need to address what needs to be done in serving abandoned and vulnerable children around the world.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.

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