Permanency for Children in Care: Casework Implications Focusing on Adoption and Guardianship

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For each child in care, where restoration is not an option, permanency options need to be considered. These options include open adoption and guardianship, where carers become responsible for the care of the child in their care, as well as promoting an open relationship with birth family members, developing the child’s identity etc.

This course considers the principles of permanency for children and the implications and differences between adoption and guardianship orders.

The legislative requirements for both guardianship and adoption orders will be discussed, as well as the processes involved in facilitating either order and how to determine which order is in the child’s best interest. There will also be consideration of developing carers' capacity and how to determine their readiness to care independently for a child not born to them.

The course considers the principle of openness; it’s history in open adoption and the consideration that this principle should be used as a guiding practise for all children in care. The course considers casework in developing openness in contact arrangements and developing the child’s identity, as well as developing relationships between carers and birth families.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain an understanding of

  • The rationale and history of permanency options for children in care.
  • What the research says about permanency for children in care
  • The legislative framework for adoptions and guardianship – Adoption Act 2000, Care and Protection Act, permanency principles,
  • Openness in adoption, guardianship and PRM, the meaning and implications for the birth family, carers, and the child.
  • Supporting and coaching carers to develop skills in openness
  • The processes of adoption, guardianship for children in OOHC.
  • Identifying carers readiness for independent orders, issues for casework.
  • Issues for birth parents, developing working relationships with birth parents.
  • Role of Family Based Contact.
  • Negotiating and formulating contact arrangements.
  • Identity and Life Story, cultural issues and resources available.

Who should attend?

Caseworkers and Managers from Community Services as well as NGOs working in the areas of Child Protection or Out of Home Care.