NSW to make adoption of vulnerable easier
Adoption of the most vulnerable kids in NSW would be made easier under a series of proposed reforms, including stripping parental rights from those jailed over the abuse of their child.
A discussion paper on adoption and the child protection system has been released by the NSW government, and includes plans to allow for early intervention, and to simplify court and adoption processes.
The paper also proposes relinquishing the rights of a parent who has been jailed over the abuse of their child.
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward said the changes are about ensuring the most vulnerable children are quickly given permanent care and a safe and loving home for life.
"We want an adoption and child protection system that firmly places the child at the centre of everything we do," Ms Goward said in a statement on Friday.
It comes as the state experiences a record number of adoptions for children from out-of-home care this year.
"I hope the proposals will generate thoughtful discussion about reform that is so critically important, the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable children," Ms Goward said.
Not-for-profit organisation Adopt Change has welcomed the proposed reforms.
"The sooner we make permanency an option for children, the sooner we give them an opportunity for improved life outcomes," chief executive officer Renee Carter said in a statement on Friday.
© AAP 2017
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