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Breaking it down…. Parliamentary Report Shockers 1…! February 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — fostercareforum @ 12:04

There are insufficient appropriate facilities in which to place children who are in state care. SouthAustralia spends 35.4 percent less than the national average per child on out-of-home care yet has the

highest per capita number of children in alternative care for a five year period or more. Most

residential care facilities have been closed, and the quality of those remaining open is inadequate and


Families SA spent $270,000 per child—over $16 million in total in 2007-08—to care for a small

number of children in motel type accommodation. This is unsatisfactory. Specifically dedicated

accommodation facilities should be established to provide emergency accommodation for children at

risk. The apparent antipathy of Families SA toward residential care facilities is misguided.




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