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On Monday 16 November, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) released the Family Matters Report 2020, the fifth annual publication looking into the national crisis of continuing and growing removals of Aboriginal children from their families, the reasons behind it and the solutions at hand. Read the full report here

The report revealed Aboriginal children continue to be separated from families at an alarming rate, disrupting their connection to community and culture. Without urgent action, the number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care is projected to double by 2029.

Aboriginal children are now 9.7 times more likely to be living in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children, an over-representation that has increased consistently over the last 10 years. The report made clear it is a broken system that is not working for Aboriginal kids.

Absec have reviewed the report and provided a reflection article, read the article here

In 2021, Better Chances Forum is looking to host conversations with community and service providers about building collaboration between services and communities in support child family well-being and responding to child protection concerns. For more information or to register your interest contact [email protected]