The University of Sydney will establish the Institute of Open Adoption Studies – the first independent government-funded adoption research body of its kind in Australia.
The institute will research open adoption and its impact on children, birth families, adoptive applicants, and adoption practitioners working in the field to improve outcomes for these vulnerable young people.
Open adoption means children are encouraged to have connections with their birth family, including face-to-face contact wherever possible.
While launching the Institute, NSW Premier Mike Baird said that every child deserved a stable home.
“Already NSW has the highest numbers of children and young people adopted from care but we can do more, and the institute will help us with this goal.”
Almost 20,000 children and young people are in out-of-home-care in NSW.
The institute will receive $2.85 million in NSW Government funding over three years.
The government has also announced a further $2 million to progress existing adoption applications.