The national peak for First Nations childcare says the rate of Indigenous children in out-of-home care is a national shame.
A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found that the number of First Nations children in out of home care in June 2020 was 11 times that of non-Indigenous children.
It has also been found that only 52.4 per cent of First Nations children were placed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle says rising numbers show that we haven’t got it right with wrap-around services and more needs to go into listening to First Nations organisations.
Childcare has been included in the close the gap refresh and SNAICC are expecting to find out more on programs and funding when the Government considers the Commonwealth’s Jurisdictional Implementation Plan later in the year.