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Connections for Life – National Permanency Conference will address the importance of permanency for children and their connections with family, culture, community and self. We will hear from international and local speakers and politicians including Sir Martin Narey, Dr Sylvia Rowlands, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, The Hon Pru Goward MP, Professor Selena Bartlett and Sheryl Batchelor.

Our focus will be on exploring ways to support vulnerable and at risk children to have access to permanent, loving and stable homes.

Globally there are approximately 18 million orphans who have lost both parents, and domestically within Australia approximately 46,000 children in out of home care, with  over 30,000 children who have been living away from birth family for over two years, unlikely to return home. Instead, they typically face 12.5 years in the out of home care system, with some children moving ten or twenty times and others living in residential group homes. The negative life outcomes that many of these children face now and in later life are a result of the multiple traumas they experience – with higher rates of homelessness, interactions with the justice system and lower rates of education and health.

In response to this untenable situation, Community Services Ministers from each state and territory committed in 2016 to making permanency a national priority for Australia’s children.

Connections For Life will keep the light shining on these important topics.

We will hear from the states and territories on developments since their commitment a year ago to move permanency forward.  International and national speakers will provide insights into permanency and adoption practices globally;  the latest evidenced-based interventions to support families at risk of losing their children; as well as trauma informed practices and support information for adoptive families. 

Who is the Conference for?

The conference will bring together politicians, policy-makers, government departments, NGOs, practitioners, researchers and other members of the sector.

There will also be a parallel event with sessions tailored to and available to the community.

Conference Date and Venue

The Conference will be held on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November 2017 at Rydges Sydney Central.

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