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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 KAIAN Melbourne Youth Mentorship Pilot Program aims to foster relationships between young intercountry adoptees aged 12 to 17 years old and adult intercountry adoptees aged 18 years and over. Though KAIAN was primarily formed for and by Korean adoptees, this program is open to all intercountry adoptees.  Click here to download flyer.

Applications for parents of young adoptees are now open, click here to download a Parent application form, and will close on Friday 4th March. Please note that availability of adult mentors is limited and program places will be prioritised according to mentor-to-mentee suitability (based on country of origin, gender, and interests).


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.