Open adoption in the spotlight

Karina Ralston

Open adoption allows for ongoing contact between a child, birth parents and adoptive parents, and has recently been in the spotlight for the NSW Government.

The University of Sydney has been granted permission by the Government to establish an Institute for Open Adoption Studies – the first one of its kind in Australia. With $2.85 million in funding to back development, it is hoped that the Institute will increase the numbers of adoptions in NSW, helping the 20,000 children and young people currently in Out Of Home Care by moving them into permanent, safe and stable homes.

The Government has also announced that a further $2 million be set aside to progress existing adoption applications and the associated backlog. 

Research at the Institute will focus on open adoption and its effects on children, birth and adoptive families, and adoption practitioners. It is hoped that the Institute and funding boost will make the process of open adoption easier for both prospective adoptive parents and birth families.

Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, has called for support on cultural change around adoption and believes that the Institute will provide a research knowledge base for information on the issue.

University of Sydney Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson, has expressed a desire for the research conducted by the Institute to evoke lasting positive change in regards to open adoption in Australia.

Karina Ralston, Principal
Phone: +61 2 9895 9242

Assistant Author - Holly Pitt, Legal Cadet