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Professor Elizabeth Fernandez Professor Elizabeth Fernandez PhD MA BA

Elizabeth Fernandez (PhD), Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia teaches courses in Human Behaviour: Life Span and Life Stress, Child and Family Welfare and Professional Supervision. Her research focuses on outcomes for children in foster care and adoption; the outcomes of family based interventions on vulnerable children and families; and the reunification of separated children with their families. Her recent books include Accomplishing Permanency: Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Care Children (Fernandez 2012, Springer publishers) and How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes (Fernandez and Barth 2010, Jessica Kingsley publishers). She serves on the Editorial Boards of Child and Family Social Work, Children and Youth Services Review and Children Australia. She is a Board Member of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), Founding Member of the International Association for Outcome Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services (IAOBERfcs) and Chair of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Research Forum.

Paul-Auguste Cornefert

Paul-Auguste Cornefert BSW(Hons) BA (Hons) BSocSc

Paul-Auguste Cornefert is a researcher in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales working on a number of projects. He is primarily involved in research on birth fathers of adopted children, which forms the basis of his current PhD research. Currently he is also assisting in a research project at UNSW investigating ‘Forgotten Australians’ and identifying the long term outcomes for people who lived in institutional and other forms of out of home care. Previous research also includes Immunogenetics at Westmead Hospital, Sydney and Ageing at UNSW.