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Young children’s identity formation in the context of open adoption in NSW: Summary and key findings

Report


Type Of Work


  • Report

Abstract


  • A review into how open adoption can support developmental outcomes and establish

    healthy identity formation of children was commissioned by Barnardos Australia. The

    focus is on children who are up to 5 years of age in out-of-home care (OOHC) for

    whom there is no realistic chance of restoration to their birth family or kinship care.

    The options facing such children, according to recent amendments in late 2014 to the

    Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, are either for adoption

    or parental responsibility of the Minister (i.e., foster care) until they are 18 years of

    age.

    Healthy identity formation refers to a number of related constructs, including the

    child’s: acceptance of and positive regard for him/herself (self-esteem, self-concept);

    feeling of belonging to a family; sense of having a biological or genealogical

    identity; and sense of having an identity as an effective, independent person.

UOW Authors


  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Luu, Betty (external author)
  •   Wright, Amy Conley. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • de Rosnay, M., Luu, B. & Wright, A. C. (2016). Young children’s identity formation in the context of open adoption in NSW: Summary and key findings. Sydney: The University of Sydney.

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney

Type Of Work


  • Report

Abstract


  • A review into how open adoption can support developmental outcomes and establish

    healthy identity formation of children was commissioned by Barnardos Australia. The

    focus is on children who are up to 5 years of age in out-of-home care (OOHC) for

    whom there is no realistic chance of restoration to their birth family or kinship care.

    The options facing such children, according to recent amendments in late 2014 to the

    Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, are either for adoption

    or parental responsibility of the Minister (i.e., foster care) until they are 18 years of

    age.

    Healthy identity formation refers to a number of related constructs, including the

    child’s: acceptance of and positive regard for him/herself (self-esteem, self-concept);

    feeling of belonging to a family; sense of having a biological or genealogical

    identity; and sense of having an identity as an effective, independent person.

UOW Authors


  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Luu, Betty (external author)
  •   Wright, Amy Conley. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • de Rosnay, M., Luu, B. & Wright, A. C. (2016). Young children’s identity formation in the context of open adoption in NSW: Summary and key findings. Sydney: The University of Sydney.

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney