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Foster care from a historical perspective

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posted on 03.07.2018, 00:00 by F Briggs, Susan Hunt
Foster care has been available in Australia for almost 150 years. Carers have long been recognised as “the ultimate volunteers” who care for the most traumatised, emotionally disturbed children in the nation. Given that they provide the foundation stone of the child protection system, one might expect carers to be supported and valued. Numerous studies have shown otherwise. Warning signs over the years have been ignored by child welfare authorities resulting in carers leaving the service faster than they could be recruited and the most needy young children being placed in caravan parks, cheap motels and group homes supervised by occasional, inadequately trained, generalist carers employed on seven hour contracts by agencies.

History

Volume

40

Issue

04

Start Page

316

End Page

326

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

2049-7776

ISSN

1035-0772

Publisher

Cambridge University Press, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; University of South Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Children Australia

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