Every child in Baulkham Hills deserves a safe, loving and secure home for life with National Adoption Awareness Week (November 12-18) promoting the benefits of permanency for all children, Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said today.
Ms Goward said all children deserve a safe home for life and where a child cannot remain safely with their birth family, kin, or guardian, open adoption is the next option to be considered.
“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,” Ms Goward said.
“For anyone considering adoption, starting with fostering a child in out-of-home care could be a positive pathway. We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a secure home.”
This year the NSW Government introduced a number of reforms to streamline adoption and make adopting children in out-of-home-care easier 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.
A record number of out-of-home-care adoptions took place in 2016/17 with 129 orders finalised before the NSW Supreme Court.
“National Adoption Awareness Week is a wonderful opportunity to increase understanding about the open adoption process in our local community.
“We hope to see a change in attitude towards open adoption which offers vulnerable children and young people the security they deserve,” Mr Elliott said.
The NSW Government is committed to supporting families looking to adopt with information on adoption available on the FACS website.