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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

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

Permanancy Amendments Enquiry, consultation paper 

The Commission for Children and Young People is now seeking submissions from the community on recent changes to child protection laws. The changes relate to permanency for children and reducing delays for decision making. If you think you have been affected by these changes, the Commission wants to hear from you. Read the consultation paper on the Commission's website (link below) or call the project team on (03) 3092 3214 or (03) 9032 3224.

This is the link to the consultation paper:


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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