Foster care

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Foster children
Foster home care
Foster parents
NARROWER TERMS


Strategy

Next steps for our kids 2022–2030

This ACT government strategy document outlines their ambitious plan to reform out-of-home care and child protection in the ACT over the next 8 years.
Report

Enabling the public health approach to protecting children

This paper reports the results of a project that was undertaken to find out what is known about systems that enable the public health approach to protecting children.
Report

Māori involvement in State care 1950–1999

This research uses data from several locations and agencies about Māori who were abused in State care between 1950 and 1999.
Briefing paper

What is the relationship between childhood maltreatment and early educational outcomes?

This briefing paper summarises key findings from the NSW Child Development Study’s research looking at the relationship between maltreatment of children before entry to school and educational outcomes in primary school.
Report

Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving OHC

This research examined the housing, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug and juvenile justice service usage pathways for out-of-home care (OHC) leavers in Victoria and Western Australia.
Report

What contributes to placement moves in out-of-home care?

Children without a safe and stable home environment require alternative living arrangements and can be placed in out-of-home care (OOHC). This paper presents local and international evidence from a scoping review on the factors that influence placement moves for children in OOHC.
Report

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

This report is one of four analyses that were undertaken to examine the outcomes of children and young people (hereafter children) who exit out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Briefing paper

Children involved with NSW child protection services before five years of age: what does the Seeding Success study tell us?

This paper reports analysis from the 'Seeding Success' study, looking at the proportion of child involved with NSW child protection services before five years of age. It also discusses the implications for policy and programs.
Report

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

This report is one of four analyses that were undertaken to examine the outcomes of children and young people (hereafter children) who exit out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Report

Income support receipt for young people transitioning from out-of-home care

Reliable national data on outcomes and broader service use of young people who have been in out-of-home care as they transition out of care and into independence is currently lacking. This national report aims to build the evidence-base on transition outcomes by bringing together Australian...
Report

Child protection Australia 2019–20

This report presents statistics on state and territory child protection and family support services, and selected characteristics of children receiving these services. This includes statistics for 2019–20, and trends over the 5-year period from 2015–16 to 2019–20.
Briefing paper

Participation in decision making: what are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?

This paper provides an overview of the views of children and young people about whether they have a say in decisions that impact on their lives and whether they feel listened to, with findings drawn from two surveys, the 2018 NSW OOHC Survey and the...
Briefing paper

Birth family contact: what are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?

This paper provides an overview of the views of children and young people about whether they have contact with family members and their satisfaction with contact arrangements, with findings drawn from two surveys, the 2018 NSW OOHC Survey and the NSW Residential Care Survey.
Report

Children and youth reported missing from out-of-home care in Australia

This research was commissioned and funded by the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC), and focuses on the vulnerable group of youth who go missing, predominately from out-of-home care. The research demonstrates that young people living in out-of-home care are at the highest risk of...
Report

Keep caring: systemic inquiry into services for young people transitioning from out-of-home care

This report makes 15 recommendations to enhance the service system’s capacity to improve the experiences and life outcomes for young people transitioning from care by responding to their needs, challenges and aspirations.
Report

Effective interventions to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviours among children in contact with child protection and out-of-home care systems: a rapid evidence review

Suicide is the leading cause of death over the past six years in young people generally, and it has increased across every state and jurisdiction. The aim of this rapid evidence review is to outline the role played by involvement in the child protection system—including...
Report

Interventions in out-of-home care: an updated evidence and gap map

This report summarises the findings from an updated systematic search for high-quality evidence of the impact that different out-of-home care (OOHC) interventions have on particular child and youth outcomes. These have been mapped to create an evidence and gap map.
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Economic cost of abuse in care: final report

This study aims to provide a high-level estimate of the cost of abuse in care over the inquiry period. In researching how this might be done, the study identifies the range of impacts associated with the abuse of young people and vulnerable adults, how they...
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Main findings from the kContact trial of a contact intervention to support parents with children in out-of-home care

This research summary outlines the main outcomes and implications for practice of the kContact study, which was conducted across three jurisdictions in Australia. The trial took place between 2015 and 2017 in Victoria and ACT, and 2017 to 2018 in NSW.
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Care-experienced children and the criminal justice system

It has long been suggested that children in out-of-home care are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system. This paper investigates the link between the experience of care and involvement with the criminal justice system, using a multi-method approach that includes...