Recent research into the pressures on the out-of-home care (OOHC) system concluded that there was a limited amount of research driven by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community itself, which indicates that Indigenous voices are not being adequately captured. This silencing means that the views of carers and departmental Government officers on the key barriers to placement stability for foster carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are not fully represented.
At the start of 2018, the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) approached Dr John Gilroy and Aunty Sue Pinckham to undertake a review of research publications on the needs of carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are in OOHC. The purpose of this study is to assist FACS to justify the funding of Aboriginal-controlled research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under Government-administered foster care arrangements.
Macquarie University and The University of Sydney 2018