Out of home care for children in Australia: a review of literature and policy

Children Foster care Out-of-home care Australia
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The aims of the study were to review trends in out-of-home care, both in the numbers of children being placed in different types of care in Australia and in the ways of organising and supporting such care that are emerging in different national and State contexts. The study also involved identifying emerging models of care and the drivers of change, and reviewing evidence on the outcomes of different models. The research involved a review of recent literature from Australia and the main English-speaking countries overseas; analysis of policy documents relating to fostering and kinship care in the states and territories of Australia; and informal discussions with policy informants and practitioners in Australia and overseas.

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