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Background Paper: The Potential of Permanent Care 2015

The Potential of Permanent Care 2015 

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA Families) and The Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare seek improved professional and peer support for  families who offer stable, permanent homes to children and young people who cannot live with their birth families.

This background paper discusses the potential of permanency planning through alternative families formed by legal orders such as:

• Permanent care or guardianship

• Local adoption

• Intercountry adoption

It argues that if the promise of better outcomes for children and young people is to be realised, strong ongoing support must be provided for the families offering alternative permanent homes. Recommendations for policy development include a spectrum of ongoing preventive, early intervention and crisis support. The spectrum includes peer support. 

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