Community call for open adoption institute
THE establishment of the country's first publically funded Institute of Open Adoption has taken a leap forward with the NSW Government calling for organisations to register their interest in tendering to establish and run the institute. Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said the Institute of Open Adoption - and election commitment by the Baird Government - will be a leader in the development of evidence based best practice. "While NSW has a proven track record in having the highest number of open adoptions in Australia, there is further work to be done in strengthening our knowledge base," Mr Hazzard said. "The Institute of Open Adoption will play an important role in bridging the gaps in research and supporting culture change, practice improvements and policy development for open adoption in NSW." The registration of interest in tendering is the next step in establishing this Australian-first institute. This tender process is designed to engage the community early and provide equal opportunity for a range of stakeholders to compete for the funding. We want to hear from everyone with an interest in running the Institute. The Government has also committed $2.85 million over three years to assist with the initial set-up costs of the Institute, with the successful tenderer to secure its own additional funding to maintain the Institute in the medium to long-term. Submissions received about what the Institute should look like, given in response to the Issues Paper published in July, can be seen at HERE. Further details about the tender can be seen at HERE.