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Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness says Australia has an ‘anti-adoption culture’

‘It was so much easier’: Deborra-Lee Furness says she and husband Hugh Jackman adopted their two children in America because Australia has an ‘anti-adoption culture’

Deborra-Lee Furness has revealed she feels Australia has an ‘anti-adoption culture’. 

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the wife of Hugh Jackman says the pair adopted their two children, Ava, 15, and Oscar, 20, in the United States because it was ‘easier’. 

Deborra-Lee, 64 and Hugh, 52, decided to adopt in the early 2000s after the actress suffered two miscarriages while undergoing IVF in the 1990s. 

Difficult: Deborra-Lee Furness (pictured) has revealed she feels Australia has an ‘anti-adoption culture’

She told the paper: ‘Adopting kids in America was much easier than it was in Australia, we literally tried in Australia and I walked out of the first meeting – I was so appalled by the set up and the people that were running it. 

‘I was just horrified and I said, “We’re not doing it” and then it happened that we moved to America. We were not famous over there, we jumped through every hoop and did it all by the books and it was so much easier.’

The star says that there is ‘systemic dysfunction’ in Australia’s adoption system, which led her to launch the charity Adopt Change in 2008. 

Family: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph , the wife of Hugh Jackman says the pair adopted their two children, Ava, now 15, and Oscar, now 20, in the United States because it was 'easier'. All pictured in 2009

Family: Speaking to The Daily Telegraph , the wife of Hugh Jackman says the pair adopted their two children, Ava, now 15, and Oscar, now 20, in the United States because it was ‘easier’. All pictured in 2009 

She told the paper: 'Adopting kids in America was much easier than it was in Australia, we literally tried in Australia and I walked out of the first meeting - I was so appalled by the set up and the people that were running it'

 She told the paper: ‘Adopting kids in America was much easier than it was in Australia, we literally tried in Australia and I walked out of the first meeting – I was so appalled by the set up and the people that were running it’

Adopt Change is launching the hashtag #aHomeForEveryChild this month to help raise awareness on the issue.  

Last year, Deborra-Lee explained that she never intended to be an advocate for adoption. 

‘I didn’t step out to do this… I never set out to be an advocate, that’s not really who I am,’ the film director told the Future Women’s Drive

Choices: 'I was just horrified and I said, "We're not doing it" and then it happened that we moved to America. We were not famous over there, we jumped through every hoop and did it all by the books and it was so much easier,' she said

Choices: ‘I was just horrified and I said, “We’re not doing it” and then it happened that we moved to America. We were not famous over there, we jumped through every hoop and did it all by the books and it was so much easier,’ she said 

Changes: The star says that there is 'systemic dysfunction' in Australia's adoption system, which led her to launch the charity Adopt Change in 2008

Changes: The star says that there is ‘systemic dysfunction’ in Australia’s adoption system, which led her to launch the charity Adopt Change in 2008

‘I reached out and tried to just add my two bob’s worth and just by talking about it, I thought it’ll get attention. I thought the people in the community would take over.’   

Deborra-Lee spoke candidly about her adoption journey in a column for Stellar magazine in 2018. 

She felt, ‘The universe had a plan in place,’ when she was unable to conceive children naturally.

Destiny: Deborra-Lee spoke candidly about her adoption journey in a column for Stellar magazine in 2018. She felt, 'The universe had a plan in place,' when she was unable to conceive

Destiny: Deborra-Lee spoke candidly about her adoption journey in a column for Stellar magazine in 2018. She felt, ‘The universe had a plan in place,’ when she was unable to conceive

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