Amendments part 2

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Other 50’s problems were issues surrounding inheritance: possible incest because of secrecy; consent under undue pressure; adopting couples suitability standards; and that adoptions could be heard in the Court of Petty Sessions rather higher Courts.
The major amendments to the Adoption of Children Act in Victoria after 1954, and up to the major reform of 1964 Act proclaimed in 1966, were in 1955, 57, 58, 62 and 63. The form for revoking consent was improved; the 1928 Act and further amendments consolidated; an amendment made in relation to inheritance of adoptees; and with Guardianship, 1958 Court Rules gave more adequate time to investigate placement suitability, and there was re-definition of a Minister of Religion in line with the 1961 Commonwealth Marriage Act.

My on-going research has revealed that much work had been done on improving adoption practice in Australia in the 50’s, particularly in Victoria, and this had clarified policy direction and moulded public opinion. The issues were becoming clearer.

 

Other 50’s problems were issues surrounding inheritance: possible incest because of secrecy; consent under undue pressure; adopting couples suitability standards; and that adoptions could be heard in the Court of Petty Sessions rather higher Courts.