Best practice guidance on how support services can develop and maintain networks that are positive, sustainable, and work to meet client needs.
AIFS produces a number of publications relating to our research throughout the year. These include research papers and reports, facts sheets, commissioned reports and submissions. We also publish our peer-reviewed journal Family Matters twice a year and prepared reports for Closing the Gap.
All publications are also listed in our library catalogue.
See also publications from Growing Up in Australia .
Sets out the principles of good practice that underpin effective support services: accountability; accessibility; and effectiveness and diversity.
This article explores the concept of choice among mothers who voluntarily relinquish their child for adoption. Interviews were conducted with 15 mothers in Victoria who had relinquished a child since the introduction of open adoption in 1984. Though all of the mothers reported that the choice to relinquish was their own, the findings continue the perennial adoption theme that pressures - implicit and explicit - generated by the social context have a direct bearing on the decision to relinquish a baby - often producing a non-choice or forced choice.
This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems
The study proposes service model options that could enhance and complement existing support services.
Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
This report presents the findings of the National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices
Provides a summary of the ways in which adoption currently operates, past adoption practices, and the potential impacts adoption has on those involved
Articles include: lessons from other sectors in screening for family violence; issues related to past adoption practices; incarcerated mothers
Unfit mothers ... unjust practices?: Key issues from Australian research on the impact of past adoption practices
Although reliable figures are not available, in the decades prior to the mid-1970s, it was common in Australia for babies of unwed mothers to be adopted. There is a wealth of material on adoption in Australia—including individual historical records, analyses of historical practices, case studies, expert opinions, personal testimony provided to two parliamentary inquiries—but limited empirical research on the issue of past adoption practices and its impact on those involved.
Identifying parental substance use and misuse in clinical practice; action research at the Hobart Family Relationships Centre; the late discovery