As a leading non-government provider of family support and child protection services including out-of-home care, Barnardos Australia supports the stated position of the NSW Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) in opposing the adoption of Aboriginal children. An accredited NSW adoption agency since 1985, Barnardos has in recent years directly facilitated the largest number of non-government open adoptions from foster care in Australia. Our strong belief and experience is that Aboriginal children are best cared for by Aboriginal family and kin, well supported and connected to their Aboriginal culture and community.

This statement in support of AbSec is in response to the following