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First Nations children are still being removed at disproportionate rates. Cultural assumptions about parenting need to change

Child protection notification processes in Australia have a history of disproportionately targeting First Nations families.
Shoes and toys line the steps of a building in Edmonton in honour of and mourning for the Indigenous children found in unmarked graves in Canada. The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

The discovery of Indigenous children’s bodies in Canada is horrific, but Australia has similar tragedies it’s yet to reckon with

The recent discovery of the bodies of Indigenous children being found in Canada reminds us of the dark history of Australia’s treatment of young First Peoples and children here in Australia.
Three Rivers by Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas, from the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation. This artwork was commissioned by the Research Centre for Children and Families and the image represents the importance of keeping children in out-of-home care connected to Kinship and culture. Provided by author

How caring for children can help Aboriginal Elders during lockdown

Pandemic-induced lockdowns have brought up challenges for children in out-of-home care and their carers. However, Kinship care provided unexpected positives for Aboriginal elders and their families.
Children wave American flags before an event with President-elect Joe Biden in November 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could transform American childhood

What happens over the next four years in Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration could have a lasting impact on how childhood is understood and experienced in the United States and beyond.
The Hague Convention on child abduction was drafted to deal with fathers abducting their children across borders after losing custody, but it’s applied mainly to mothers fleeing domestic violence. from shutterstock.com

Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it

Under international law, a mother escaping domestic violence with her children to another country is seen as an abductor. She is often ordered to return the child leading to catastrophic consequences.
The most commonly criticised feature of the bill is the arbitrary maximum period of two years within which a decision about permanent placement has to be made. Shutterstock

Why controversial child protection reforms in NSW could lead to another Stolen Generation

One of the state’s most significant powers is the ability to remove children from their families. Potential reforms in NSW could expand this already racialised power in frightening ways.

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