Paths to permanency
The permanent placement principles guide preservation, restoration, guardianship, open adoption, and parental responsibility to the Minister
Paths to Permanency overview
Keeping families safely together is our priority. Where this is not possible, the permanent placement principles will guide how we provide children and young people with a safe and stable home.
Permanent placement principles
The permanent placement principles guide placing a child or young person safely in a permanent home. They also set out the time-frames for when the Children’s Court must decide if returning a child to their parent is possible.
The preferred order for the permanent placement of a child or young person is:
- keeping them in or returning them to their family (preservation and restoration)
- open adoption
- parental responsibility to the Minister.
Legislation also allows for the adoption of Aboriginal children and young people when the making of an adoption order is clearly preferable and in the best interests of the child to any other care arrangement.
The permanent placement principles provide a guide for casework and decisions by the Children’s Court. The department must demonstrate to the court that it has considered each of the placement options.