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Welcome to Permanent Care and Adoptive Families

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families' CEO Departure - public announcement

Chief Executive Officer Brenda Carmen’s tenure ‘something to be celebrated’

After a highly productive six years, collaborating with the Board, staff, volunteers and our partners in government and philanthropy to build the organization to where it is today, Brenda Carmen is making a tree change to the south west of Victoria. She will be leaving her role as CEO of PCA Families on October 4 and we wish Brenda all the best in this new chapter of her life.

The Board and staff would also like to acknowledge Brenda’s significant contribution to improving the lives of our Permanent Care and Adoptive families. 

“Brenda’s role in establishing PCAF’s Helpline and Flexible Funding financial assistance for carers, and our peer support outreach program in regional Victoria, is something to be celebrated. Under her leadership, these important strategic initiatives are delivering measurable and widespread positive outcomes.” Meredith Carter, President, PCA Families said.

Led by President Meredith Carter, the Board will now conduct a comprehensive recruitment drive to identify Brenda’s replacement. In the meantime, we are delighted to announce that Senior Social Worker Alannah Andrews will act as PCA Families' General Manager until the appointment of the new CEO. As current team leader of our Helpline and Flexible Funding service working closely with Brenda and the Board, Alannah is uniquely placed to ensure a seamless transition for staff and partners on all operational issues.

Please direct all enquiries regarding operational matters to Alannah at and for any media enquiries to Meredith Carter at


Permanent Care and Adoptive Families - seeking Board Director

We are seeking an experienced and committed person with a background working with non-for-profit Boards or Committees with a good understanding of governance and financial literacy.

Ideally you should have:

  • a passion for making a difference for families and children.
  • lived experience of foster care/permanent care/kinship care or adoption would be desirable.
  • fundraising and or marketing and communication skills particularly valued.

It is an exciting time for PCA Families, so we need someone who aligns strongly with our mission and is keen to join the journey. At a minimum, Board members should expect to participate in approximately eight Board meetings per annum, a Board subcommittee, review of Board papers and policies, and potentially representing the organisation at external meetings.

This is a voluntary, unpaid position. To find out more and view the position description, please click on the link below

Board of Director

We welcome all enquiries and resumes.  Please email your expression of interest to Meredith Carter, President of the Board at or contact her on 0400 511 763 for any enquiries. 


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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