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Paths to Permanency
Keeping families safely together is our priority. Where this is not possible, the permanent placement principles will guide how we provide children and young people with a safe and stable home.
Permanent placement principles
The permanent placement principles guide placing a child or young person safely in a permanent home. They also set out the timeframes for when the Children’s Court must decide if returning a child to their parent is possible.
The preferred order for the permanent placement of a child or young person is:
- keeping them in or returning them to their family (preservation and restoration)
- open adoption (for non-Aboriginal children)
- parental responsibility to the Minister.
The permanent placement principles provide a guide for casework and decisions by the Children’s Court. The department must demonstrate to the court that it has considered each of the placement options.