Addressing the Gap in Vocational Education Training for Adoption

Equipping the Workforce with In-Demand Skills

Shane Bouel
6 min readFeb 22, 2023

Adoption is a complex and multi-faceted issue that touches the lives of many people in Australia. Whether you are a support worker in early child care, individual support, or aged care, a psychologist, a social worker, a government official, a family member of an adoptee, or a member of the general public, adoption can have a significant impact on your life and the lives of those around you.

The 10th anniversary of the First National Apology for Forced Adoptions is on March 21st, 2023, and it is important that we reflect on the impact of these practices and seek to educate ourselves and others.

The Gap

It’s important to recognize that there is a significant gap in vocational education training for those interested in pursuing adoption-related training. While there are a variety of degree programs available in fields such as social work and counselling, many of these programs do not offer specialized training in the unique needs and challenges faced by those involved in the adoption process.

It’s difficult to express the shortcomings of the vocational education sector when it comes to adoption. When you search for the word “adoption” on the https://training.gov.au/ website, you will find that the “Certificate IV in Greyhound Racing Industry” is the only national curriculum that references adoption. This fact alone is disturbing, and it highlights the urgent need to address the lack of education and training on this important topic.

To address this gap, it is essential to develop and implement vocational education programs specifically tailored to the needs of adoption professionals. These programs should cover a range of topics, including adoption law and policy, child development and psychology, communication and conflict resolution, and cultural competency.

By providing vocational education and training programs that focus on the unique needs of adoption professionals, we can better prepare individuals for success in this important and rewarding field. This will not only benefit those seeking to enter the field, but also the children and families who are affected by the adoption process.

For Support Workers

For support workers in early child care, individual support, and aged care, understanding the unique needs and experiences of individuals who have been adopted is essential to providing quality care. By learning about the different types of adoption, the history of adoption in Australia, and the impact of adoption, support workers can better understand the needs and perspectives of adoptees and their families. They can also provide support and guidance to adoptees who may be struggling with issues related to their adoption.

For Psychologists

For psychologists and social workers, adoption presents a range of challenges and opportunities. Whether working with adoptees or birth parents who have experienced adoption, psychologists and social workers can provide valuable support and guidance. By understanding the psychological and emotional impact of adoption, they can help individuals navigate the complex and often difficult process of adoption. They can also work with adoptees and their families to develop healthy and positive relationships and address any issues that may arise.

For Government

For government officials, adoption is an important policy issue that affects many individuals and families in Australia. By understanding the history of adoption and the impact of adoption, officials can develop policies and programs that better serve the needs of adoptees and their families. They can also provide support and guidance to adoptees and their families who may be struggling with issues related to their adoption.

For Family

For family members of adoptees, adoption can be a sensitive and emotional issue. By learning about the history of adoption in Australia, the impact of adoption, and the unique experiences of adoptees, family members can better understand and support their loved ones. They can also connect with support groups and advocacy organizations to get the help and resources they need.

And You

For the general public, adoption is an issue that affects us all. By learning about the different types of adoption, the history of adoption in Australia, and the impact of adoption, the general public can better understand the needs and perspectives of adoptees and their families. They can also support policy changes and programs that better serve the needs of adoptees and their families.

We also cover Forced Adoption

In recent years, there has been increased attention to the issue of forced adoption in Australia. The forced adoption policies that were in place from the 1950s to the 1970s had a profound impact on thousands of individuals and families. By learning about the history of forced adoption and its ongoing impact, individuals and organizations can work to address the legacy of this policy and support those who were affected.

In conclusion, adoption is an issue that affects many people in Australia. By learning about the history of adoption, the different types of adoption, and the impact of forced adoption, individuals and organizations can better support adoptees and their families. Whether you are a support worker, psychologist, social worker, government official, family member, or member of the general public, there is much to be gained by engaging with this important issue.

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The Necessity for Feedback and support

I would also like to bring to your attention my request to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to include adoption in the vocational education curriculum. The case number is CAS-580321-Y5H0B8.

If anyone has any information or would like to provide feedback on the course, please feel free to do so using the feedback form below. Your support and input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Shane Bouel

Using creativity to lift standards of ethics & morality by questioning half-truths and denouncing the conservancy of inhumane ideologies.