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The Changing Face of Out-of-home Care in Australia – Developing Policy and Practice for the 21st Century

  • Meredith Kiraly (a1) and Cathy Humphreys (a1)


This Opinion Piece traces the rise of statutory kinship care in Australia from the progressive reduction of residential care and the struggle to recruit sufficient foster carers to meet demand for protective care. It outlines identified benefits of kinship care for children and flags concern about the early stage of development of kinship care policy, programs and data systems. It is argued that there are significant risks for children's safety and well-being in failing to assess carers thoroughly and to provide equitable case management and support (both financial and non-financial) to children in kinship care as in foster care.


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address for correspondence: Dr Meredith Kiraly, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia. E-mail:


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The Changing Face of Out-of-home Care in Australia – Developing Policy and Practice for the 21st Century

  • Meredith Kiraly (a1) and Cathy Humphreys (a1)


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