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Adopt Change conducts research to contribute to the understanding of issues for children including the importance of permanency; the impact of trauma; pre- and post-adoptive supports for families and children; and topics surrounding adoption and permanency within Australia.

Also included on this page is information on research provided by other organisations, including the Karyn Purvis Institute.

Adopt Change Research

Barriers to Adoption in Australia National Adoption Research (2017)

The first national research of its kind, identifying barriers in state and territory adoption processes Australiawide.

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Post Adoption Support in Australia: Is it time for a triple-A approach? (2016)

A comprehensive review of post adoptive supports available in Australia, and what more can be done. 

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Modern Families: Attitudes and perceptions of adoption in Australia (2015)

Learn more about this research area by downloading the report below. 

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Other Research for Reference:

Trust Based Relational Intervention – Karyn Purvis Institute

The late Dr. Karyn Purvis was a renowned child advocate and leading US expert on post-adoption child care and the complex effects of early abuse or neglect on early child development. She was director of the non-profit Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Purvis and her colleague Dr David Cross at the Institute developed a ground-breaking approach known as Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI ®) for parenting and helping children who have suffered developmental harm from abuse, neglect or other forms of early trauma. 

This parenting model combines neuropsychological theory and research with humanitarian principles. The goal is to create a healing environment for "children from hard places". These are children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalisation, multiple foster placements, maltreatment and/or neglect. TBRI® has evolved as a result of a rich collaboration between Drs. Purvis and Cross, their team and adoptive parents. 

TBRI® has proven effective with children of all ages and a wide range of behavioural problems in a variety of settings. The Institute does not provide direct services to children and parents. Instead, it promotes interventions through research, training and outreach projects, indirectly touching the lives of around 50,000 people each year. 


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The Institute of Open Adoption Studies

Adopt Change is part of the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Open Adoption Studies. The institute’s research agenda focuses primarily on understanding open adoption practice in Australia and how to embed the best interests of children and young people in adoption policy and practice. Topics include Identity Formation and Factors Affecting Adoption/Fostering decisions.


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