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Queensland foster care ‘not in crisis’ says Minister, Government urged to avoid ‘piecemeal’ reform

The ABC’s Casey Briggs and Sharnie Kim report (26.9.16) on calls for reform of Queensland’s foster care system, in the wake of the murder case involving former foster child, Tiahleigh Palmer.

‘Queensland’s Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman says child protection groups do not want her to quit over the foster care implications from the Tiahleigh Palmer murder case, despite the LNP’s call for her resignation.

‘It comes as child protection body PeakCare warned against “piecemeal” foster care reform.

‘The State Opposition has called for Ms Fentiman’s resignation after the Logan schoolgirl’s former foster father Rick Thorburn was charged with killing the 12-year-old.

‘Thorburn’s teenage son Trent has been charged with incest.

‘Ms Fentiman told 612 ABC Brisbane Queensland’s foster care system was under pressure, but not in crisis.

‘”It is, as I’ve said, tough, complex work, but I have to say that the cuts under the previous LNP government have made things tougher,” she said.

‘The Minister said she would not be resigning.’

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