Parenting programs and home visiting programs can offer vital support to mothers struggling with mental illness, substance use, and other challenges. Research shows that avoiding foster care is better for the health of mother and child.
New research shows that having a child in foster care is often harmful to a mother's mental and physical health.
Nearly one in 100 children are in care.
Landmark dental findings are likely to be the tip of an iceberg.
Animals can bring a sense of trust and stability.
Alf Dubs, who was brought to Britain on the Kindertransport, among those delivering a petition to Downing Street on the closure of the child refugee programme.
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Vulnerable children have had their hopes crushed.
Will Mike Baird be the premier to stop the intergenerational cycle of abuse and neglect of children in care?
The NSW government's latest promised solution to well-documented abuse in the out-of-home care system is, in fact, a re-run of promises made by the Carr government more than a decade ago.
Former carer Natalie Ottini shared her experiences of working in residential group homes on the ABC’s Four Corners program.
We have decades of evidence showing the widespread abuse and neglect suffered by children in the out-of-home care system. The agencies responsible for allowing the abuse have little to fear.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented.
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New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, speaking on Q&A, February 15, 2016.
Sarah Hanson-Young told Q&A that Indigenous children are currently ten times more likely to be living out of home. Is that right?
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years.
When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.
Cutting all links between a child and its family should be the very last option.
England has far more forced adoptions than elsewhere in Europe. Is this right?
Who is entering the care system?
Examining the data on whether the number of children in care at some point in their childhood has gone up.
Left scarred by going into care.
Going into care is traumatic for children – early intervention can help their mental health.
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Almost three million American children are being cared for by grandparents. To honor Grandparents Day we ask: what are the social and health impacts of this often unexpected turn of events?
Institutional care for young children can impact on their health later on.
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A new study has shown the impact of institutional care on the way children deal with stress can be reversed if they are fostered early.
Adoption should only be considered when other, less intrusive options, have been eliminated.
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In response to the tragic death of four-year-old Chloe Valentine in South Australia, adoption has been raised as a solution to a "child protection crisis".
Overlooked – twice.
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Until a new duty on local authorities in England came into force last year, if you were in foster care you had to move on when you reached 18. This has now changed. Under the Children and Families Act…
Foster parents often receive inadequate emotional and financial support.
When children are deemed at risk of abuse or neglect and are removed from the family home, they are placed in out-of-home care, either with foster parents, relatives or in residential facilities. The latter…
People who have been in care are more likely to have children at an early age and are at greater risk of having their own child taken into care.
Most people reasonably assume there is evidence of good long-term outcomes for children who come into contact with child protection systems. Why else would we intervene in the lives of children and their…
A life apart.
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In order to protect children from harm, the state has the power to separate children from their parents. In exceptional cases it is sometimes necessary to separate siblings – to protect them from harm…
Time to leave.
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Foster carers can have a powerful impact on the lives of vulnerable children and young people. But with an average of four moves for each child in foster care, living with instability can affect them into…