Australia: Deborra-lee Furness shines the light on adoption for Women in Business
Last Updated: 18 November 2015

Internationally acclaimed actress, Deborra-lee Furness, is firmly in the spotlight this week in her role as a passionate advocate for vulnerable and abandoned children.

Speaking to a sell out crowd at the Coleman Greig Women in Business Networking Forum on Wednesday 11 November, Furness discussed her own experiences with adoption in both Australia and overseas. Sharing stories and the hard hitting facts, Furness spoke about why she believes that every child deserves a loving family.

In conversation with popular TV personality and event MC, Melissa Doyle, Furness urged action, stating that while the rights of parents are important, the best interests of children in care need to be prioritised.

Caroline Hutchinson, Principal, Coleman Greig Lawyers, said "Deborra-lee was very warm and genuine and the reality of how difficult the adoption process can be came as a surprise to many of us.

"It's great to be able to help raise awareness and support the work of Adopt Change and their drive for the establishment of a national Centre of Excellence for adoptive support services for all involved in the adoption process."

The Women in Business event raised $9,265 for Adopt Change to further their work.

Deborra-lee was named NSW Australian of the Year for 2015. She founded National Adoption Awareness Week and Adopt Change in Australia, focusing on improving adoption programs, procedures and legislation, raising awareness and understanding of the issues of vulnerable children.

The NSW Government has announced the establishment of the Institute of Open Adoption which will lead the development of evidence based best practice. The Institute is expected to be launched in early 2016.

Earlier this week, the Federal Government also announced new intercountry adoption programs with Poland and Latvia.


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Deborra-lee Furness

Coleman Greig Women in Business Networking Forum

Caroline Hutchinson, Principal, Coleman Greig; Deborra-lee Furness; Liz Giblett, Marketing Communications
Consultant; Jane Hunt, CEO, Adopt Change

Melissa Doyle in conversation with Deborra-lee Furness

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