Another NSW tragedy

December 6, 2007 at 10:25 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment

This story appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald a few days ago, and documents the tragic death of a five month old aboriginal boy in the care of a relative.   It seems that there were inadequate checks into the suitability of the relative to care for the boy.  The article refers to the relative as a “foster father”.  Just thought it was worth pointing out that relatives or “kinship carers” are assessed and supported very differently to people who are trained, assessed, and supported as foster carers.  I think that this story highlights yet again the importance of treating kinship placements with the same seriousness and support available for foster parents.

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