Adopt Change conducts research and writes papers to contribute to the understanding of issues for children and young people 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.

Adopt Change Research & Papers


Adopt Change works towards vulnerable children and young people in our society being able to grow up in a safe, nurturing and permanent family home. We also provide a voice for them and for those who dedicate so much of their life to supporting their children and are met with many challenges.

Adopt Change advocates for child-centred legislative policy and reform at Federal and State levels. Legislative and systemic reform is one of the key avenues for creating a system that meets the needs of vulnerable children. We promote this reform and highlight the risks faced by vulnerable children by:

  • Meeting with politicians, policymakers, advisors and government representatives
  • Responding to calls for advice and input from Federal and State governments
  • Providing access to information sessions and education for child welfare professionals and the community
  • Speaking with media on topics relating to permanency, adoption, impermanency and a child’s rights to trauma informed supports
  • Raising awareness through campaigns
  • Conducting research to contribute to the understanding of issues for children including the importance of permanency; the impact of trauma and impermanency; and the supports necessary for a child to thrive

Find out more about the issues we advocate about:

The Issues   News

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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