The ABC reports (11.5.16) on the government’s moves to address the high number of Indigenous children currently in state care, through new family support centres in regional areas.
‘Three new family support centres will be rolled out in Queensland to stop the “unacceptable” number of Indigenous and Aboriginal children in the child protection system, Treasurer Curtis Pitt says.
‘The services will be established in September in Roma, Mackay, South Burnett and Moreton Bay, with 19 locations to be operating by 2017. The program will cost $150 million over five years.’
‘Mr Pitt said they needed to tackle the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait children were over-represented in state care.’