Birth Family Contact for Young People in Out of Home Care
Feb 17, 2017
The New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services have published an evidence review titled "Birth family contact for children and young people in out-of-home care: What does the Pathways of Longitudinal Study tell us?". The paper found that 83% of children and young people in the care of child protection authorities in New South Wales had contact with their birth mother, 52% were in contact with their birth father, and 49% were in contact with their birth siblings. The majority of contact with birth parents occurred less than monthly. The report found that young people aged 12 - 17 who entered care for the first time were the most likely to have their needs "not at all well met".