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The Family Matters Report 2021, launched on 9 December at the 9th SNAICC–National Voice for our Children National Conference, shows that our children continue to be removed from family and kin at disproportionate rates.
This is despite overwhelming evidence about the harm this causes to children, families and communities.
This report makes for uncomfortable reading. Our children are 10 times more likely to be in out-of-home care or permanent care, a figure that continues to increase every year. This should be unacceptable.
– Catherine Liddle, Family Matters Co-Chair and CEO SNAICC–National Voice for our Children.
This year the report finds that a staggering 21,523 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were in out-of-home care at 30 June 2020, which represents one in every 15.6 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in Australia. 79% (17,068) of those children live permanently away from their birth parents.