Permanent Care Orders and ‘Racist’ Carers Cut Some Aboriginal Children’s Cultural Links, Inquiry Told

Adeshola Ore - The Guardian

One of Australia’s leading Indigenous child welfare advocates has told a Victorian truth-telling inquiry that permanent care orders and “racist” carers are severing links between some First Nations children and their culture.

Prof Muriel Bamblett, the chief executive of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (Vacca), told the state’s Yoorrook Justice Commission that permanent care orders were “not worth the paper they’re written on” due to little oversight of cultural plans.