About Associate Professor Amy Wright

Amy Conley Wright is Associate Professor of Social Work & Policy Studies at the University of Sydney and Director of the Institute of Open Adoption Studies. 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 for the Institute research agenda is the active exchange of research findings into policy and practice through substantial engagement withpolicy makers, practitioners, judiciary and people with lived experience in out-of-home care and adoption.Her teaching, research, and practice experiences are in the areas of child advocacy, child and family policy,andfamilysupport. Her work has been recognised as influencing policy and practice in the U.S., Australia, Romania and other countries. She holds degrees in social work and child development.


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Selected publications

  • Wright, A., Kaltner, M. (2019). Assessing the outcomes of alternative care and treatment responses. In Bob Lonne, Deb Scott, Daryl Higgins, Todd I. Herrenkohl (Eds.), Re-visioning public health approaches for protecting children, (pp. 35-47). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Wilkinson, H., Wright, A. (2019). Barriers and motivations to recruiting carers for children and young people in care aged 9+ years, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Luu, B., Wright, A., Cashmore, J. (2019). Contact and adoption plans for children adopted from out-of-home care in New South Wales. Australian Social Work, 72(4), 404-418. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Wright, A., Spencer, M. (2019). Family connections and contact study: Final report, Sydney, Australia: Institute of Open Adoption Studies, The University of Sydney. [More Information]
  • Luu, B., Wright, A., Randle, M. (2019). General public perceptions and motivations to adopt children from out-of-home care in New South Wales, Australia. Children Australia, Online first. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Wright, A., Spencer, M., Luu, B. (2019). How foster carers experience agency support for birth family contact. Child and Family Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Wright, A., Warren, J., Burriel, K., Sinnott, L. (2019). Innovations in social welfare: Three variations on the Australian supported playgroup model. International Journal of Social Welfare, 28(3), 333-344. [More Information]
  • Taylor, S., Wright, A., Pothier, H., Hill, C., Rosenberg, M. (2019). It's like I have an advantage in all this: Experiences of advocacy by parents of children with disabilities from professional backgrounds. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 46(3), 159-183.
  • Taylor, S., Wright, A., Pothier, H., Hill, C., Rosenberg, M. (2019). It's like i have an advantage in all this: Experiences of advocacy by parents of children with disabilities from professional backgrounds. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 46(3), 159-183.
  • Wright, A., Metcalfe, L., Wilkinson, H., Luu, B. (2019). Priority vulnerable populations, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Wilkinson, D., Wright, A. (2019). Standards of training for out-of-home carers, Australia: University of Sydney.