Open adoption can provide a permanent and safe home to children and young people who can’t safely return to their families or live with kin. However, in NSW only a small number of children or young people in care are being adopted each year despite the research showing the benefits of adoption.
The NSW Government is working to increase the number of open adoptions from care in NSW. While adoption is not appropriate for all children in out-of-home care (particularly Aboriginal children), more can be done to ensure it is considered as an option when it is in the best interests of the child.
As part of these reforms, the NSW Government has committed $2.85 million to help establish an independent Institute of Open Adoption Studies. The Institute will:
This research will inform how the NSW Government develops adoption policy and practice.
The University of Sydney will maintain the Institute as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.
The NSW Government will spend $2.85 million over three years to establish the Institute.
As the Institute builds its profile it will source its own revenue through research grants and donations.
We received a range of submissions in response to the Issues Paper on Establishing an Institute of Open Adoption. View submissions on the Community consultation on the Institute of Open Adoption page.