Introduction to the institute's research

The institute’s research agenda will focus primarily on understanding open adoption practice in Australia and how to embed the best interests of children and young people in adoption policy and practice. In addition, we will explore the place of guardianship, kinship care and long-term foster care in providing children with permanency when adoption is not suitable.


Fields of research

The institute will pursue an active, practice-research partnership with a focus on:

  • Children and family – to examine what are the best approaches to assist children, birth parents and adoptive parents before, during and post-adoption and supporting children and their families to maintain long-term connections with birth relatives in permanent placements

  • Open adoption practice – to equip practitioners with the understanding and tools that support good practice in open adoption and permanency practice

  • Role of the courts and judiciary – to expand the understanding of legislation and court procedures in open adoption, including opportunities for improvement


Reports and publications

Please find below a list of reports and publications produced by, or with the support of, the institute.

  • Institute of Open Adoption Studies (June 2018). Sibling co-placement and contact in out-of-home care and open adoption. Summary (pdf, 239kB)

  • Institute of Open Adoption Studies (June 2018). Open adoption of children in NSW out-of-home care: Foster carers’ perceptions. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Open Adoption Studies, The University of Sydney. summary (pdf, 763kB) | full report (1.36MB)


  • Institute of Open Adoption Studies (May 2018).The Institute's Response to the House of Representatives – Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs – Inquiry into Local Adoption, Submission #76 (pdf, 1.70MB)

  • Luu, B., de Rosnay, M., Wright, A., Tregeagle, S. (2018). Identity formation in children and young people in open adoptions from out-of-home-care in New South Wales, Australia. Adoption Quarterly. Online first. More information (external link)

  • Institute of Open Adoption Studies (April 2018). Post adoption and guardianship support. Summary (pdf, 627kB)

  • Luu, B., Wright, A.C. and Pope, S. (March 2018). Open adoption of children in NSW out-of-home care: General public perceptions and motivations. Sydney, Australia: Institute of Open Adoption Studies, The University of Sydney. summary (pdf, 568kB) | full report (683kB)


  • Institute of Open Adoption Studies (October 2017). The institute's response to Minister Goward’s discussion paper on Shaping a Better Child Protection System. (pdf, 299kB)

  • Young children’s identity formation in the context of open adoption in NSW (December 2016), a report by de Rosnay, M., Luu, B., and Wright, A.C. in partnership with Barnardos Australia.summary (4.33MB) | full report (697kB)



Presentations

Please find below a list of presentations produced by, or with the support of, the institute.

Conferences

IOAS events

  • Neil, E., Moggach, L., Welman, P., & Uhlmann, H. (August 2017). Contact and openness in adoption. Dean's Lecture Series, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. (podcast)

  • Neil, E. (August 2017). Planning and supporting contact in open adoption: Implications of UK research for NSW practice. Institute Research to Practice Forum, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. slides (pdf, 898kb) | presentation


  • Moggach, L. (August 2017). Supporting families through the adoption journey. Institute Research to Practice Forum, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. slides (pdf, 1.26mb) | presentation


  • Wyles, J. (August 2017). Adoptive families and birth families: Encouraging relationships. Institute Research to Practice Forum, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia. slides (pdf, 795kb) | presentation