Fiji Time: 12:30 PM on Saturday 28 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

On hold for changes

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, May 26, 2014

THE Social Welfare Ministry is working on changing adoption policy for the safety of Fijian children who may want to be adopted by overseas families.

An Australian couple and former Fiji citizen who hoped to adopt a Fijian child were told that this process had been put on hold.

Ashween Chandra said since he was from Fiji, he wanted to get a baby from the country but since authorities were taking long to update their legislation, he was thinking of adopting within Australia.

"This is the first time we want to apply, I have researched in Australia and have been told that they can't apply for Fiji adoptions at the moment," Mr Chandra said.

Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni said this was the reason all international adoptions had been put on hold until the finalisation of the policy change.

"We need to have a memorandum of agreement not only with Australia, New Zealand but other overseas countries as well on the issue," Dr Luveni said.

"We need to work with their governments and set up agents that will actually monitor the way these children are being looked after. Children's safety is paramount especially when being taken to other countries and this is the whole reason we are doing this — for the safety and betterment of our Fijian children."

Dr Luveni said they were working with the Foreign Ministry on the issue and adoption processes would be opened again once the policy changes were finalised — but work would be done through the agents.

She said local adoptions processes were open and not an issue to be dealt with because they could easily monitor them.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62590.6069
JPY 58.270455.2704
GBP 0.31140.3034
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.72230.6893
AUD 0.65460.6296
USD 0.47290.4559



Exchange Rate updated on 27th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s with a smile
  2. Former CEO recalls days of sunken vessel
  3. 'Ship was fit to sail'
  4. Tears of joy as Tubalagi graduates
  5. Give them this day their daily bread
  6. PS confirms oil volume
  7. Roadworks to end soon
  8. Bridges to run a century
  9. Stage set for fashion show
  10. Pacific's last chance

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  5. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  7. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  10. Prof Prasad leaves school premises as 'mark of respect' Monday (23 Nov)