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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.

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


KAIAN mentorship program

Fostering relationships between young intercountry adoptees and adult intercountry adoptees

The 2016-17 KAIAN Melbourne Youth Mentorship Pilot Program aims to foster relationships between young intercountry adoptees aged 8+ and adult intercountry adoptee mentors, in a traditional one-to-one mentorship format (akin to Big Brother/Sister programs).

For the pilot program, we have limited availability of adult mentors so are offering the mentor program for 2 boys and 4 girls only. Mentor-mentee pairs will be selected based on the child’s need and compatibility of child to mentor (e.g. gender, birth country, personality, and interests where possible).  

The main objectives are:
•    To foster personal relationships between young and adult intercountry adoptees who have shared similar life experiences
•    To develop positive self-perception through role modelling and companionship
•    To provide a safe space for potential discussions about identity, race, and adoption
•    To build connections between different generations of intercountry adoptees and between parents and adult adoptees
•    To develop a supportive and empowering intercountry adoptee community in which we can share our collective experience and wisdom

Program Structure:
•    Families and adult mentors will commit to the program for one year, from July 2016-June 2017. The program will end with a celebratory event for all families and mentors
•    Once matched to a mentor, the parent(s) can gradually introduce the adult mentor to the child and/or family, as deemed appropriate by the parent(s)
•    Children and mentors will meet once a month for the first 3 months of the program, and as negotiated between the family and mentor thereafter
•    Types of activities will also be decided amongst the family and mentor, and parents will cover the cost of all meetings/events

Safety and Management:
•    Adult mentors will be fully trained and supported in conjunction with Permanent Care & Adoptive Families (PCAF). Adult mentors will have Working With Children and Police checks.

For all queries, please contact Deborah on 03 9020 1833 or email


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.