Full Name
Amy Wright
University of Sydney
Speaker Bio
Amy is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Sydney and Director of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies. There she leads a program of applied research focused primarily on building the evidence about children and their best interests in open adoption and other permanency pathways in out-of-home care.

A key focus is the active exchange of research findings into policy and practices through substantial engagement with policymakers, practitioners, judiciary and people with lived experience in out-of-home care and adoption. Current projects focus on family contact for children in permanent care, support for cultural identity development, evaluation of Family Group Conferencing and carer recruitment and training.

In collaboration with National Taiwan University, she is conducting research exploring interest in connection to culture and family of origin in the context of intercountry adoption, from the perspectives of adult adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth mothers and adoption professionals. Amy has published three books as well as authored more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous commissioned research reports, on topics including child advocacy, family support and disability. Her work has been recognised as influencing child and family services in the U.S., Australia, Romania and other countries.
Amy Wright