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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

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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. 

To help you understand more about our service, including peer support, helpline and flexible funding, please click on this link to download our brochure. 


Advocacy feedback survey results

PCA Families conducted a consultation seeking Advocacy feedback via an online survey from 18 - 29 June 2020.  To see the results please click here.


Carer and parent feedback survey results

PCA Families conducted a survey between May to August 2019 to gather feedback from carers and parents about:

  • Their experience as carers
  • Their satisfaction with the services and supports they have available to them
  • The types of services that would be of help to them and allow them to better support the children in their care, and
  • How PCA Families can best support them.

The survey was disseminated by email to PCA Families' members, via the website and also on our Facebook page, receiving a very strong response.  The report summarises the outcomes of that survey which you can read here.


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. 



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