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Permanence and stability: The missing ingredients for Victoria’s most vulnerable children

PCA Families commissioned a review of the current state of permanent care and adoption in Victoria to understand:

  • Why children in out-of-home care are not moving to stable, permanent arrangements in a timely manner when they are unable to be re-unified with birth parents;
  • The consequences for children the longer they remain in the out-of-home care system;
  • The support children in permanency arrangements need in order to recover from the accumulated harm, identity, and developmental issues; and
  • What children and permanent care families require to create and sustain a stable environment that improves life opportunities and outcomes. 

The key findings from the report were:

  • Stability is key for children to recover from the significant disruption in their lives.
  • Victorian permanency legislation has not gained the traction that was expected.
  • Inequity and systemic barriers to permanency require urgent attention.
  • Aboriginal self-determination must drive all decisions and solutions for Aboriginal children.
  • Only with sustained support will outcomes change.

To read more:

Download the report