Advisory group

The Institute Advisory Group has been established to provide advice and guidance to the Director, Institute of Open Adoption Studies. It is acknowledged that there are diverse views concerning adoption and therefore the need to engage with a range of stakeholders.

The group consists of representatives spanning a range of perspectives and expertise in open adoption. It provides a means of engaging stakeholders into the life and work of the institute and ensures that the views and lived experience of children, young people and families is central to the institute's research agenda.

It is acknowledged that there are a number of groups with an interest in adoption, unfortunately it is not viable to include representatives of all of these on the Advisory Group. Therefore, the institute is considering other methods of engagement, including the provision of regular updates through subscription, with the opportunity to provide comments.

Institute director

Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright

Insitute director Amy Conley Wright

Dr Wright will direct the institute in its mission to investigate evidence-based pathways to a safe home for life for children who have been permanently removed from their parents' care in NSW. Dr Wright, who took up the role in late March 2017, will lead the institute’s dedicated focus on open adoption in the best interests of children and young people in out-of-home care.

“I am thrilled to be appointed Director of the Institute for Open Adoption Studies and commend the NSW Government and The University of Sydney for establishing the institute,” Dr Wright said.

“We have a historic opportunity to deliver policy- and practice-relevant research to support permanency outcomes for children in care. In this work, we will be guided by the views and lived experience of children, young people and their families. To achieve our mission, we will work closely with the not-for-profit sector, government and the judiciary.”

Dr Wright has international expertise in child advocacy, child and family policy, family support, and child maltreatment prevention.