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Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Welcome to Permanent Care and Adoptive Families

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families' CEO Recruitment

Chief Executive Officer - Permanent Care and Adoptive Families

  • Advocate for parents and children in out of home care
  • Diversify partnerships (government and community)
  • Not for Profit Packaging and flexible working arrangements

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA Families) is a Melbourne based organisation and is an unique provider of community services with a strong focus on information advocacy and support for permanent carers and adoptive families.  Providing support to parents who in turn provide a caring and stable home for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents, is at the heart of everything we do. ollaborating with other community organisations, government bodies and philanthropists, PCA Families’ campaigns and projects have contributed to reforms and services that recognise the importance of an independent voice and support for the sector. 

Reporting to, and working closely with the board, the CEO will develop and implement strategies to ensure that programs and projects are delivered in line with the current organisational strategic plan.The CEO will play a key role in diversifying partnerships, developing philanthropic relationships and will work closely with government bodies in regards to current and future funding opportunities. Leading a small, dedicated team and ensuring cultural vitality and an integrated organisational approach, influencing policy development and advocating for the benefit of clients will be key to the success of this role. 

This is a great opportunity for a collaborative leader who is looking for a first time CEO opportunity or an experienced leader who wants to make a difference and have impact in the sector. With strong communication skills, strategic leadership approach, governance and board reporting experience, the CEO will also work with the board to develop the next three year strategic plan whilst providing operational support. A background in a relevant area such as community services, education or government will be highly regarded. 

To apply for this role, please email your resume to quoting reference number JO-1912-98777. For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Sandra Kerr on (03) 9929 9528.

About Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCA 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.

PCA Families is a not for profit service.  We rely on grants and donations to continue our work.  Membership is free.


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 -  

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.



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