What is fostering and open adoption?

Our vision for open adoption is that all children and young people are supported to achieve to their full potential and grow into happy and healthy adults.

Key Assets believes that every child and young person has the right to feel safe and grow up in a permanent, secure, loving, supportive and nurturing family that can meet their developmental needs during childhood and beyond. Key Assets recognises the value of open adoption as a permanency option, when children and young people cannot return to the care of their birth parents, do not have a suitable kinship option and a guardianship order is not a preferred option.

Who are we?

Key Assets’ main priority is the needs and welfare of children and young people, which are at the centre of the adoption process. The most important consideration when making adoption decisions is always the best interests of the child or young person, both in childhood and later life. Birth parents, children and young people’s wishes and feelings are important and will be actively sought and taken into account through the adoption process.

There are two paths to adopt a child through Key Assets:

  1. Current carers can enquire about adopting a child in their care
  2. New applicants can apply to be dually authorised as a Foster Carer and Prospective Adoptive parent (PAP).

Types of Adoption

  1. Open adoptions
    Open adoptions are only considered for children who are not able to return home and it is identified that adoption is in the best interests of the child now and later in life.  If a child is able to return home or it is determined through the adoption process that adoption is not in the best interests of the child, the adoption will not be progressed.

  2. Adoption
    Adoption is a permanent decision to transfer the parental responsibility of birth parents to the new adoptive parents.  It makes the child a legal member of their new adoptive family.  Open adoption offers children long term stability and permanency in a family who can meet their needs.  Open is only considered for children who are not able to return to their birth family.


Dual authorisation

Dual Authorisation applicants must meet all the criteria to be an Authorised Foster Carer and the criteria to be a prospective adoptive parent:

Authorised carer must:

  • Be child focused
  • Have a Spare Room
  • Be flexible
  • Demonstrate the capacity to meet the child’s needs
  • Demonstrate the capacity to be trauma informed in their care
  • Have the time available to care for a child who has experienced trauma and/or abuse
  • Live within one hours’ drive of one our three NSW offices: Botany, Blacktown and Wallsend

Adoptive applicants must:

  • Be a resident or domiciled in NSW
  • Be of good repute and fit and proper to fulfil the responsibilities of parenting
  • If in a relationship, have demonstrated stability for at least 2 years
  • Have stable physical and mental health for at least 5 years
  • Not have a criminal history for the previous 5 years
  • Be financially stable
  • Support the child’s identity though openness with their birth family and support their culture, religion and beliefs

Prospective Adoptive Parents must be:

  • Over 25 years of age
  • Be at least 18 years older than the child they would like to adopt.
  • Be aged 45 years or younger to adopt a child of any age
  • Be aged 50 or younger to adopt a child who is 5 years or older
  • Be aged 55 or younger to adopt a child who is 10 years or older.

Interested in discussing open adoption with our Key Assets team? Please complete the below form and we’ll be in contact with you.

Can I adopt?

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