States must set adoption targets, Barnardos Australia says

Australia’s leading child abuse charity is calling on the federal government to introduce targets to encourage the adoption of children from foster care.

Barnardos Australia chief executive Louise Voigt said setting targets for adoption would help reduce the growing number of children in the foster system.

There are about 40,000 Australian children in foster care, 18,000 of them in NSW which has just introduced reforms to make it easier for families to adopt children from foster care.

“What we’re talking about is adoption of children who are already in the care system of every state, many of them entering care as babies,” she said.


“They will spend the rest of their lives in a very transitive foster care system with a good deal of movement and that has very damaging outcomes for these children.”

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