ACWA Barriers to Adoption Submission

ACWA has made a submission to the national inquiry into local adoption currently being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. ACWA’s Barriers to Adoption submission, which draws on information provided by our members and from specific ACWA projects, ultimately contends that adoption should only be supported when it […]

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National Families Week 2018: Every Child Needs a Loving and Stable Home

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is using National Families Week to highlight the urgent need in NSW for more families to help vulnerable children find permanency in safe, loving homes by becoming emergency, respite or restoration carers, or by considering open adoption from care. More than 60 children enter out-of-home care across NSW […]

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ACWA PSP Workshop Series 2018: Developing Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidelines in Line With the Permanency Support Program

As part of the Permanency Support Program (PSP) transition process, many agencies are reviewing their policies, procedures and practice guidelines. To assist in this process, ACWA is convening a practical workshop series focused on this development work to reflect the PSP reform. The purpose of these workshops is to support agencies in the development or […]

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Means Tested Adoption Allowance Commences Operation

A new means-tested adoption allowance announced by the NSW Government in March is now in operation. This allowance, which came into force on July 1, will mirror the carer allowance rates paid by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services so that an eligible person adopting a child in their care is likely to retain […]

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Media Release: ACWA Welcomes Adoption Institute Announcement

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the announcement today that the University of Sydney will work in partnership with Barnardos Australia to establish the Institute of Adoption Studies in NSW, which will be focused on delivering high quality research and practice development in the specialised area of open adoption. Acting CEO Wendy […]

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