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.
Adelaide couple Graeme and Jacqueline Bowden, at the time well off by anyone’s standards, decided to open their hearts and their home to a foster child.
From the beginning the Bowdens experienced roadblocks and hindrances caused by Families SA, now the Department for Child Protection, along with Anglicare. The outcome has become the destruction by Families SA of multiple lives. The Bowden’s story is not unique. Their story is being replicated still today in every state of Australia. We catch up now with Jacqueline Bowden 8 years on since Families SA cruelly ripped her family apart.