Twenty years ago, the release of the Bringing them Home (1997) report identified that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children represented 1 in every 5 children living in out-of-home-care. Today, despite attempts to protect the cultural rights of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander children, this number continues to rise. In 2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children represent 1 in every 3 children living in out-of-home-care.
Family Matters Report Data
In 1997, 20% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children were removed by child protection authorities. In 2015 it was 35%. If no action is taken by 2035 this number will triple!
As of 2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children 9.5 times more likely to be removed by child protection authorities than non-indigenous children.
2014-2015, $700 million spent on family support services, whereas $3.5 billion spent on the child protection system. We need to stop reacting and start investing in proactive solution oriented programs!
The consequences of child removal are severe. Perpetuating intergenerational effects of separation, and cultural loss. There is a clear and urgent need for change!