Long a passionate advocate for adoption, she shares two adopted children with actor husband Hugh Jackman.
And this week, Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness revealed that despite her philanthropy, she has been the target of ‘anti-adoptive people’ in the past.
Speaking on the Future Women’s Drive podcast, the 64-year-old said she was “ beaten ” by people who oppose adoption.
‘They really came down to me’: Hugh Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, spoke candidly about adoption this week, revealing she was ‘beaten by anti-adoptive people’ for her plea
But the Correlli star said it only drove her more despite the criticism and backlash.
“I was beaten up,” said Deborra-Lee.
“I had a lot of the anti-adoption people who really came to me.”
Family: A passionate advocate for adoption, she shares two adopted children with actor husband Hugh Jackman, 51, son Oscar, 20, and daughter Ava, 15 (all pictured)
She added that she was determined to help children find homes, despite the backlash.
‘I really had to sit and think about,’ Am I doing the right thing? And I was doing all my work and I looked at it and I thought, ‘no, these kids need a home’. went on.’
She said she never intended to be a lawyer.
“I didn’t step out of doing this … I never intended to become a lawyer, that’s not really who I am,” Deborra-Lee said.
I reached out and just tried to add the value of my two Bob and talking about it I thought it was going to get attention. I thought the people in the community would take over. ‘
Her passion: She added that she was determined to help children find a home, despite the backlash
Deborra-Lee shares two adopted children with husband Hugh Jackman, 51, son Oscar, 20, and daughter Ava, 15.
In April last year, Deborra-Lee spoke candidly about her and Hugh’s adoption journey in a column she wrote for Stellar magazine.
“The universe had a plan,” Deborra-Lee wrote.
Deborra-Lee spoke about the adoption process ten years ago when she initially went to Melbourne to start the journey back in the 1990s.
However, the family later chose to adopt in the US, where adoption laws are less draconian, which she said raised questions.
‘The universe had a plan in place’: Last April, Deborra-Lee spoke candidly about her and Hugh’s adoption journey in a column she wrote for Stellar magazine
‘Those who knew that Hugh and I had adopted our children Oscar and Ava in the US came up to me on the street and asked,’ Why is it so difficult to adopt in Australia? ‘
She said this prompted her to call the editor of The Daily Telegraph, which soon led to her meeting with the then Prime Minister to discuss the matter.
Now the founder of Adopt Change, an advocacy group campaigning to make adoption easier in Australia, Deborra-Lee has rejected current legislation.
Deborra-Lee said, “The certainty of love helps develop self-esteem, build a child’s confidence, and help them contribute all they have to offer.”
“Tens of thousands of children are still trapped in legal care, not knowing what it is to find permanent with their caregivers.”
Speaking: In February 2015, Deborra-Lee, who was nominated for Australian Of The Year for her efforts to raise awareness about adoption, spoke to The Drum about adoption and called for changes to laws
In February 2015, Deborra-Lee, who was nominated for Australian Of The Year for her efforts to raise awareness about adoption, spoke with The drum about adoption.
She told the ABC outlet about the need to change the laws on it.
When asked how she and Hugh went to the US to adopt and felt somewhat criticized in their native Australia, she was asked, ‘Has this changed a lot since then?’
She replied, ‘I am here to say that we are now changing. I mean, I’ve been speaking out on this for eight years … and now we’re talking to the politicians, ”she said.
In January of that year, she told The Daily Telegraph that families who want to adopt should not give up.
“Be proactive, talk to the local ministers, lawyers, until you get a grip,” she told the newspaper.
She added: ‘I am a big believer in matter. Where there’s a will there’s a way. ‘
‘If there is a will, there is a way’: she previously told The Daily Telegraph that families who want to adopt should not give up