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Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

Developmental outcomes of children and young people in relative/kinship care and foster care
Early childhood development First Peoples child protection Foster care Kinship care Caregivers Cultural awareness First Peoples families Out-of-home care New South Wales

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is funded and managed by the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). It is the first large-scale prospective longitudinal study of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) in Australia. Information on safety, permanency and wellbeing is being collected from various sources. The child developmental domains of interest are physical health, socio-emotional wellbeing and cognitive/learning ability.

This research report examines how exposure to different types of care (relative/kinship vs. foster care) is related to developmental outcomes of children who have experienced out-of-home care over a five year period.

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