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ABC News (2 Aug 2019) How should an adopted child maintain a relationship with their birth family? – the benefits and challenges of birth-family contact in the context of adoption and permanent care, by Dr Susan Collings and Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright from the Institute of Open Adoption Studies.

Out-of-home care to adoption in NSW: A child’s journey; an informative and interactive view of the pathway from out-of-home care to open adoption in NSW, March 2019. 

The Canberra Times (3 Feb 2019) quoted Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright from the Institute of Open Adoption Studies about low adoption rates in the ACT. The article was syndicated across Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today and Brisbane Times online.

Adoption in Australia: Past, present and future (video), Informational video on changes to adoption practices in Australia, September 2018.

The institute submitted a response to the Australian Capital Territory discussion paper on the dispensation of with parental consent in out-of-home care open adoption in March 2019. 

The NSW Their Futures Matter program has completed an evidence review for the access system redesign. A discussion paper has been released for the review of the access system and the Institute has prepared a submission that focuses on the need for better evidence on the impact of policy and service reforms targeting vulnerable children and their families. There is an urgent need for investment in research able to capture the impact of the redesign process on children’s outcomes. This would enable future policy and practice to be grounded in relevant local evidence.

Response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Inquiry into Local Adoption (pdf, 1.7MB), Institute of Open Adoption Studies, May 2018. 

What are the barriers to local adoption in Australia?, Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright and Barnardos CEO Deirdre Cheers on ABC Radio National, April 2018.

Response to Minister Goward’s discussion paper on Shaping a Better Child Protection System (pdf, 299KB), Institute of Open Adoption Studies, the University of Sydney, October 2017.

Taking the long view on out-of-home care (podcast, 1:01). Ward, H., Fernandez, E., Delfrabbo, P., Cheers, D. Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney, August 2018. 

Factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful reunification outcomes in out of home care (pdf, 542.5KB), Fernandez, E. Institute to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2018. View the video

Kinship care in NSW: Insights from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (pdf, 724.4KB), Delfrabbo, P. Institute to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2018. View the video.

Lessons learnt – data linkage study of Northern Territory children: to inform policy and practice in health, family services and education (pdf, 2MB). Schurer, S. Institute to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2018. View the video.

What helps birth parents and permanent carers to build positive relationships? (pdf, 522KB), Collings, S; Wright, A C; presented at Australian Community Workers Association forum, Assessing parental capacity and working with parents, April 2018.

Research gaps and critical areas of enquiry in open adoption studies (pdf, 2.1MB), Wright, A C, presented at the National Permanency conference, Adopt Change Connections for Life, Sydney, November 2017.

Contact and openness in adoption (podcast, 1:27), Neil, E; Moggach, L; Welman, P; Uhlmann, H; Dean's Lecture Series, the University of Sydney, August 2017.

Planning and supporting contact in open adoption: Implications of UK research for NSW practice (pdf, 898KB), Neil, E, Institute Research to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2017. View the video.

Supporting families through the adoption journey (pdf, 1.3MB), Moggach, L (Barnardos), Institute Research to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2017. View the video.

Adoptive families and birth families: Encouraging relationships (pdf, 795KB), Wyles, J,  Institute Research to Practice Forum, the University of Sydney, August 2017. View the video.

Family Connections and Contact Study: Final Report (pdf, 535KB), Institute of Open Adoption Studies, the University of Sydney, May 2019.

Contact and adoption plans for children adopted from out-of-home care in New South Wales, Australian Social Work; by Luu, B., Wright, A., Cashmore, J; 2019.

How foster carers experience agency support for birth family contact. Child and Family Social Work. By Collings, S., Wright, A., Spencer, M., Luu, B; 2019.

Practices to improve communication between birth parents and permanent families, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2018: 144-150. By Collings, S., Elsbeth, N., & Wright, A. C.

Investing in adoption: Exploring child development accounts for children adopted from foster careJournal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 45(4), Article 8. By Wright, A.C.; 2018.

Identity formation in children and young people in open adoptions from out-of-home-care in NSW, Australia, Adoption Quarterly, Luu, B; de Rosnay, M; Wright, A; Tregeagle, S; 2018. 

Open adoption of children in NSW out-of-home care: Foster carers’ perceptions. Full Report (pdf, 410KB), Institute of Open Adoption Studies, the University of Sydney, June 2018. 

Open adoption of children in NSW out-of-home care: General public perceptions and motivations. Full Report (pdf, 683KB), Institute of Open Adoption Studies, the University of Sydney, March 2018.

Young children’s identity formation in the context of open adoption in NSW (pdf, 697KB), de Rosnay, M; Luu, B; Wright, A C; in partnership with Barnardos Australia, December 2016. View the summary (pdf, 4.3MB).