After they had been unable to have a biological child of their own, Central Coast couple Simone and Michael Gardoni thought of adopting a child from Cambodia, where Simone had volunteered in an orphanage. But when they were told they would have to live in Cambodia for two years before they could apply, they realised it would not be possible.

Simone and Michael spoke to Fairfax Media journalist Judith Ireland about how they adopted an Australian child through Barnardos Australia. They now have a son, Jack, who they adopted when he was two years old.

Barnardos Australia CEO, Louise Voigt, was also interviewed and said she believes there should be more emphasis placed on adoptions for Australian children.

Read the full article in The Newcastle Herald.