Open adoption can offer long-term stability and permanency for children when returning home is not an option. Through open adoption children become a legal member of the adoptive family but this is only considered in some states and territories.

Why do children need this type of care?

Open adoption is encouraged for children who are unable to return to the care of their parents or live with other kin, because it offers security and stability in a family environment. Through open adoption, carers make a lifelong emotional and practical commitment to a child that is formalised through a court order. While carers become the legal parents through adoption they must be able to support birth family and sibling relationships to build a sense of identity and belonging in the child.

Open adoption is considered when it is in the best interest of the child or children. Life Without Barriers offers support to carers applying to adopt a child in their care.

Duration of care

Permanent care (until the child reaches adulthood and beyond).

What support do carers receive?

Our foster carers moving towards adoption are never alone in their caring journey. It can be difficult to comprehend the experiences children bring with them, so it is important that carers feel supported and confident in their role.
  • Training
    We provide carers with a range of learning opportunities suited to their level of experience and the needs of children in their care.
  • 24/7 on-call support
    Our foster carers have access to on-call support at any time of the day or night for advice, support and direction in stressful situations.
  • Financial support
    Foster carers receive a tax-free allowance to support the needs of children placed in their care.
  • Specialist support
    Our specialist staff work with children and alongside carers where additional support is needed.
  • Respite
    For a night or a weekend, children in care may spend time with a respite carer, an opportunity to strengthen social and family networks while their carer takes a short break. This type of care is only offered when it is in children's interests.
  • Carer networking
    Talking to other carers is sometimes the best form of support. Through regular carer events we create opportunities for carers to share their concerns, celebrate successes and provide feedback to the LWB team.

Are there any other types of similar care?

Yes. And with just under 50,000 children unable to live safely at home in Australia we are always looking for foster carers to help these children feel protected, supported and safe.

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