Permanent Placement for Your Child

Sometimes a child or young person may need to live permanently with a family other than their birth family. These arrangements are based on an understanding that children’s development is promoted by stable, secure and nurturing relationships, which are intended to be permanent.

Permanent care placements are made under various legal orders and arrangements. These orders outline the rights and responsibilities of the caregivers with whom the child will be living on a permanent basis.

This document includes:

  • Legal orders and agreements
  • What are my legal rights as birth parent?
  • Who would be caring for my child on a permanent basis?
  • Can I have contact with my child?
  • Who makes the decision to place my child permanently with another family?
  • How long will it take for a permanent care family to be arranged?
  • Do I have any appeal rights?
  • Where can I get legal advice?
  • Where can I get more information?

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