Adoption from Out-of-Home Care

Project Status: Current
People Involved: kylie valentine, Ilan Katz, BJ Newton
Research Areas: Care; Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation; Families & Communities
Funding Agency: NSW Family and Community Services

Children who cannot live with their parents live in out-of-home care (OOHC); in Australia this is almost always in the home of foster or kinship carers. In many jurisdictions carers adopt children in their care but recently this has been rare in Australia. Current policy aims are to increase the number of children adopted from OOHC, and if this happens, the practice will be ‘open adoption’, where children maintain some contact with their birth parents. Very little research has been conducted on open adoption in Australia, and on the experiences of families affected by adoption from OOHC.

This project is a retrospective study examining adoption for children from OOHC in NSW. It will examine the experiences and outcomes of young people who have been adopted from OOHC, and the experiences of birth parents during the OOHC adoption process.

Call for volunteer research participants

Researchers at UNSW are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about adoption from out-of-home care in NSW. We want to hear about the experiences of the birth parents of children who were adopted, and about the experiences of people who were adopted as children.

Would the research project be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • you spent at least three months in out-of-home care before being adopted or placed under guardianship with foster or kinship carer in NSW between 2005-2015 OR
  • you are the mother or father of a child or children who spent time in out-of-home care and was subsequently adopted or placed under guardianship in NSW between 2005-2015

What would happen if I took part in the research project?

If you decide to take part you would be interviewed about your experiences of adoption and contact. The interviews will take about an hour and will be at a location and time to suit you.

Will I be paid to take part in the research project?

We will give you a store voucher of $50, to reimburse you for any travel, parking, meals and other expenses associated with the interview

Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study please contact:

kylie valentine OR

02 9385 7825

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