Australia’s Children Foster Care Rise by 60%: Report

Children Foster Care

In a recent survey, the statistics revealed that the number of children under the state care in Tasmania rose by 60% in the last 6 years. This means that more children are removed from their families due to substance abuse, mental health and family violence.

In a study by the New Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into child protection around the country, the figures were revealed.

The Institute released recently its Child Protection Australia 2009-10 report on Friday. It showed that 8% of the children who were returned to their families had spent as much as 8 years in the care.

In 2009-10 there were 334 admissions and 246 discharges. The report stated, "The number of children under guardianship or custody orders in the state was 1,112 throughout the last financial year 40% in foster care and 25% living with a relative or next of kin. Since 2005, the number of children on care and protection orders increased by 57%, from 24,075 to 37,730."

However, the Child Protection Services have been heavily criticised for a number of reasons. This week an autistic child, Jackson Kelty, died of drowning while he was accompanied by his carer. Coroner, Mr. Glenn Hay said on Wednesday that the Department of Health and Human Services did not have adequate systems in place to manage risks to children in care and to ensure adequate support for carers.