Last week journalist Katri Uibu and the ABC began publishing a series of stories as part of a major investigation into Australia’s failing child protection system.
On February 12, a child protection officer was allegedly unlawfully assaulted at the Labrador office of the Department of Child Safety.
In order to understand how children in Australia are parented, and how they can be removed from their natural parents and placed with other carers, it is necessary to understand how the Australian system is structured.
With a shortage of foster carers around Australia amid a mass exodus of current carers, and the continued call for more families to foster children who are in need of care and protection, it is timely to revisit perhaps the highest profile foster case in the country.
I think it is now necessary that I explain what I have seen in my work and which if similar conditions existed, could very possibly be the catalyst for a tragedy.
Australia is branded as the child stealing capital of the Western world. Authorities steal around 2272 children per million (2016 figures).
I’m told this is a tongue in cheek speech. The only thing is, this is so accurate and represents what’s going on in every child protection agency in every state of Australia, ten years on from when it was given. It was forwarded to me today.
The reality of Foster Care is anything but what the agencies will have you believe. There is currently a national push to get more foster carers into the system because the system has alienated so many former carers out of it.