Concern About New Foster Care Laws in the NT

Emma Sleath, Rohan Barwick - ABC

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in Australia has voiced its concerns about new child protection legislation to be implemented in the Northern Territory, says the article. According to the article, the new legislation would establish 'permanent care orders' for children, similar to adoption in that parental rights are transferred, but the child would still keep his or her original surname, birth certificate, birthrights, and entitlements. Opponents of the legislation say that it may lead many children to become “lost in the system” and that more should be done to keep children in their families of origin and keep them connected to their culture.