Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption
Welcome to Permanent Care and Adoptive Families
PCA Families is an early intervention service that provides support to families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption.
PCA Families believes in strong families that build successful life outcomes for children. Established in 2003, PCA Families has delivered high-impact early-intervention supports and services to families for over 10 years. These are informed by the lived experience of parents, carers and families and work to:
support parents and carers to be confident and skilled in their role
support children and young people to achieve life success
promote better understanding of the needs of families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption.
Inquiry into the Implementation of the Children, Youth and Families Amendment Act 2014
A Permanency Amendments Inquiry was conducted by the Commission for Children and Young People on recent changes to child protection laws.
More than 50 submissions were received, from carers, families, service providers and advocates. Not all submissions have been made public, however thirty-six public submissions are now available on Permanency Amendments Inquiry.
The public submissions are available on the Commission's website - http://www.ccyp.vic.gov.au/systemic-inquiries/permanency-amendments/index.htm
Thanks goes to all our members who contributed to this submission.
Submission for Paid Parental Leave for permanent care parents
PCA Families are seeking equal access to Paid Parental Leave (PPL) for those carers who welcome a child into their home under a permanent care order (PCO). Submission to the Senate for ’Fairer Paid Parental Leave
Amendment Bill 2015’ is being considered by the Community Affairs
Legislation Committee. PCA Families have argued that where the carer is required to be home full time for the first 12 months of a permanent care placement, then these carers should be entitled to the 18 weeks of PPL, just as any new biological or adoptive parent is.
We believe that the review of PPL would benefit from considering Victoria’s case individually, given that PCOs have been operating in Victoria since 1992. Each year, over 200 permanent care orders are made in Victoria, for children who are not able to live with their birth family.
You can view the submission here.
Donations enable PCA Families to continue to deliver high quality programs in support of the home-based care and adoption community. Donations over $2.00 are tax-deductible.