Child protection and adoption
Changes were made to child protection legislation in NSW last year. One of the stated aims of these changes was to streamline open adoption processes. The (then) Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward stated in the Second Reading speech:
If children cannot live safely at home then the next best place for them is with family or kin—or in some circumstances with a non-relative carer—in a long-term, safe, nurturing, stable and secure placement. Where family or kin are unwilling and/or unable to assist then open adoption of the child should be considered and pursued. Open adoption offers a permanent home for life, with all the benefits this bestows on a child, including lifelong security and that precious sense of belonging.
Child care and protection - Hot Topics 81, has up-to-date commentary on the legislation.
A recent article in The Conversation, ‘Adoption has a role in child protection but it’s no panacea’ discusses the place of adoption in the context of child protection:
In response to the tragic death of four-year-old Chloe Valentine in South Australia, adoption has been raised as a solution to a ‘child protection crisis’.