Pathways to Permanency: A Spotlight on Guardianship and Adoption – Part 6 of 6
Reflections from a practitioner
Penny Haskins (Independent Practitioner) and Keisha McIntosh (William Campbell Foundation)
Penny and Keisha in conversation about reflections on the day’s presentations and implications for practice at the coal face.
Keisha graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Science and has since worked as a case worker at William Campbell Foundation in their Permanency Support Program. Keisha has largely focused on seeking permanency for the children that she works with through either Restoration, Guardianship or Adoption. Keisha is passionate about children in out of home care having permanent, loving and stable homes whilst having strong and natural connections with their families.
Penny Haskins is a passionate and experienced NSW practitioner in the field of Adoption, Permanent Care and Foster Care. Penny has a particular interest in how children who experience adoption come to know and understand their experiences, and how they are provided with the tools and emotional support to integrate their experience into their identity. Penny has extensive experience working with birth families, many also impacted by the child protection system, and with carers, to build whole-of-family relationships to offer the most sustainable model for continuing connection with birth family as the young person matures. Penny is experienced in training and facilitation for prospective adoptive parents as well as practitioners. Penny also provides expert consultation in adoption for the Supreme Court of NSW.