More forever families for NSW Children

13 Nov 2017

Every child deserves a safe, loving and secure home with National Adoption Awareness Week (Nov 12 to 18) promoting the benefits of permanency for all children, Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said today.

“We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a permanent safe and loving home for life,’’ Ms Goward said.

“Our first priority is to always work with families to keep them together, but in cases where this is not possible, we must ensure more children are given permanency as quickly as possible.”

The NSW Government has introduced a number of reforms to streamline the adoption process and to increase the number of open adoptions including:

  • $24 million over four years invested into the Adoptions Transformation Program, which includes a Taskforce of caseworkers and paralegals dedicated to reducing the number of outstanding adoption applications
  • A means-tested Adoption Allowance introduced on July 1 for foster families who want to adopt children in their care
  • A Discussion Paper was released on October 20 examining a number of proposals to simplify adoption and shorten the legal process.
  • In NSW, a record number of out-of-home care adoptions took place in 2016/17 with 129 orders finalised before the NSW Supreme Court.

    “The process of adoption has been streamlined so that prospective parents and children are not waiting too long for a forever family, but there is still more to be done.”

    The NSW Government is committed to supporting families looking to adopt with information on adoption available on the FACS website