KEY ASSETS NSW gains approval to facilitate adoption

Key Assets are pleased to share some exciting news and announce that Key Assets New South Wales has been granted provisional accreditation as an Out of Home Care (OOHC) adoption service. Granted on 09 July, Key Assets becomes the fifth agency with Accreditation in NSW.

Accreditation will allow Key Assets to dually authorise applicants as approved foster carers and prospective adoptive parents. The accreditation will allow Key Assets to place children whose case plan is adoption into situations with prospective adoptive parents. This will create potential for permanency in their respective placements.

There are close to 45,000 children and young people in out of home care across Australia. The figures released last week by the NSW government show 162 carer adoptions in 2019-2020, up from 142 the previous year. In total, 16,884 children and young people were in foster and other out-of-home care as of June 30.

Two years ago the NSW government passed laws to make it easier to adopt children, capping out-of-home care at two years before caseworkers seek a permanent home. In 2015-2016 there were just 67 adoptions from out-of-home care.

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show NSW accounts for more than nine out of 10 carer adoptions in Australia.

Adopt Change believe that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, nurturing and permanent family home, and that all families need the appropriate supports for children to thrive.

“As announced recently by the NSW Government, adoption as a form of care has continued to increase. There’s been a lot of work being undertaken across the sector to see more children able to live safely in their family of origin, and when they are unable, to find stability through guardianship or adoption. Children should have the assurance of knowing where they will spend their childhoods and that they are part of the family.

Adoption is one of a number of care options that make up a continuum of care that’s needed in order to provide permanency and stability to children in the out-of-home care system. Today’s announcement is a positive step forward in the ongoing development of providing stable homes for children across the state.

We’d like to congratulate Key Assets on their Provisional Accreditation as an Out-of-Home Care Adoption Service. This is a significant achievement and step towards seeing a greater number of children able grow up in a safe, nurturing and permanent family home.” Says Renee Carter, CEO, Adopt Change.

James Isles, Director of Key Assets NSW, “It is with great excitement that Key Assets’ commitment and investment to supporting permanency in children and young people is provisionally accredited. The Office of the Children’s Guardian have set a high standard for adoption practice in NSW. As an agency, Key Assets is pleased to be provisionally accredited and recognised as an OOHC adoption service in NSW”.

The accreditation excludes the adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This aligns with the approach set by AbSec, the peak body for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in NSW.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Key Assets has not yet defined a commencement date for the adoption practice. Anyone interested in further information or being notified of the commencement date, please make contact with your KA Social Worker or email info@keyassetsnsw.com.au

About Adopt Change
Adopt Change is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to support and educate families and communities in caring for displaced children (including those in foster care or orphaned) to achieve our vision of a world where all children grow, learn, play and thrive in a safe, nurturing and stable environment. We provide support resources, training, education and programs to work towards achieving this goal.

Adopt Change recognises the impacts of impermanency and trauma and we support families through workshops and online resources; research; pre- and post-permanency supports; trauma informed supports; information and community events; as well as working with governments, departments and the sector to address issues surrounding permanency for children.

We work to raise community awareness of the importance of meeting these rights for children; and empower Australians to work towards all children having positive life outcomes. We support capacity building of families to ensure that vulnerable children are able to remain within their family of origin where possible. When that is not possible or safe, we advocate for other timely and permanent options, including adoption