Young Family
Original Published Date: 
Friday, August 2, 2019

Full article issued by The University of Sydney.

Director of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies, Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright and her team at The University of Sydney, have secured $612,000 for a new ARC Linkage Project, that aims to build practice change in the out-of-home care sector.

The team will be working with their partner organisations at four sites across New South Wales to do action research to develop, evaluate and scale-up practice change. "We know from adults who grew up in adoption and out-of-home care that they have a deep identity need to know their life stories and stay connected to their birth relatives and culture. But these relationships between children’s adoptive or permanent carers and birth families are not always easy," says Associate Professor Wright. 

Associate Professor Wright says that the new grant means that they can start to translate their research into specific casework practices, as well as learn from the good practice already happening with the team's partner organisations. Their research, which has been featured by the ABC, will place a particular focus on Aboriginal families and communities about how to keep children connected to Kin and country.

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