Institute of Open Adoption Studies

Welcome to the homepage of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies, a joint venture between The University of Sydney and Barnados Australia, funded by the NSW Government.

The Institute of Open Adoption Studies conducts applied research and contributes to practice development in open adoption, with the focus on children and their best interests. Our research agenda is developed in consultation with an advisory group whose membership includes adults who were adopted, birth and adoptive parents, and professionals in adoption and out-of-home care. We conduct our research under the governance of the University of Sydney’s ethics process. The Institute of Open Adoption Studies operates with academic independence.