Adoption, Guardianship and Permanent Care Orders: Casework Implications

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This course looks principally at the open adoption and guardianship orders that are embedded in the new permanency placement principles, exploring the development of openness as the guiding principle in contemporary adoption practice. It looks at how the principle of openness is expressed in life story work, in contact arrangements, and in work with birth family and carers. It also explores the idea that open adoption principles should be part of casework for every child in OOHC, regardless of which permanency option is being pursued.

The course looks at the history of open adoption; it examines the research that supports open adoption and other permanency options as good outcomes for children in OOHC; examines the casework evidence that would support a move to either a guardianship or an adoption order; looks at innovative ways to support caseworkers to have difficult conversations with birth family about permanency options being considered for their children.

The course also looks at ways to engage with birth family members to support family based contact arrangements and the development of comprehensive life story narratives for children in OOHC.

It explores the differences between a guardianship order and an adoption order and explores the formal stages in adoption and guardianship assessments; looks at the legislative requirements of adoptive parenting and carers who have a guardianship order; and looks at how good casework provides the evidence required by the court to make an adoption order.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain an understanding of, and skills in:
At the completion of the training participants will be able to understand:

  • The rationale and history of permanency options for children in care.
  • What the research says about openness, particularly in adoption, benefits and purpose of openness.
  • The legislative framework for adoptions and guardianship – Adoption Act 2000, Care and Protection Act, permanency principles,
  • Openness in adoption, guardianship and PRM, meaning and implications for the birth family, carers family and the child. Roles and responsibilities of carers as they move toward adoptive parenting.
  • The processes of adoption, guardianship in OOHC program and alternative orders and where each fit into permanent placement principles.
  • Identifying carers readiness for independent orders, issues for assessment.
  • Issues for birth parents, developing working relationships with birth parents.
  • Role of Family Based Contact.
  • Negotiating and formulating contact and adoption plans.
  • Identity and Life Story, cultural issues and resources available.
  • Sources of support and resources for carer family, child, birth family.
  • Sources of support and resources for caseworker.

Who should attend?

Caseworkers and Managers in OOHC at both NGO’s and FACS. Adoption and Permanency assessors, including Contracted Adoption Assessors