The safety and quality of life that children have is important
At The Law Office of Conrad Curry, we are experienced in adoption and guardianship matters and are here to help
Adoption is the process whereby a child legally becomes the child of someone who is not their biological parent, and in turn ceases to be the child of their biological parent.
In NSW the law reflects an understanding that ‘open adoption’ is the best adoptive practice as it assists children in remaining connected to their biological family and cultural heritage. The focus on open adoption in NSW, recognizes that children being involved with both their birth and adoptive families is ultimately in the best interests of children.
When appropriate, adoption provides long term safety, security and care for children. For children that have been removed from their parents by the Department of Communities and Justice and placed with carers, adoption will ensure that a child/young person receives the physical, emotional and psychological care that they may not have received earlier in their life. Children need stable living environments in order to grow and develop.
Guardianship is the process whereby a child’s foster carer becomes that child’s legal guardian, meaning the child is no longer legally considered to be in the foster care system. This involves parental responsibility for the child being allocated to the carer. When a guardianship order is made the guardian will have full parental responsibility for the child until they turn 18 years of age. The Children’s Court has the jurisdiction to deal with applications for guardianship.
Adoption and guardianship are both very complex, technical processes, not to mention life altering decisions, not just for you, but also for the child or children involved. We recommend that you seek legal advice before considering adoption or guardianship.
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- A consultation with a lawyer for half an hour to an hour, depending on the complexity of your matter, where we will obtain relevant details and information from you and provide advice about the legal processes and how best to achieve your desired outcome;
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