Queensland faces foster care crisis

Fewer carers are struggling to care for Queensland’s 8000 at risk children, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Child Safety spokeswoman Tracy Davis said Labor’s newly launched ‘Foster a child’ campaign was an admission their child protection system was caught in another Bligh Government created crisis.

“On a local level, this means hundreds more children are requiring care than there are adults to care for them,” Mrs Davis said.

“Across the state hundreds of foster and kinship carers have walked away from our desperate children out of frustration because of the Bligh Labor Government’s failed $15 million recruitment program which they introduced in 2008,” she said.

Ms Davis said Labor needed to focus on supporting our existing foster carers to ensure that more didn’t abandon the program.

“Minister Reeves and this 20 year old Labor Government have lost control of Queensland’s most vulnerable children and young people who have been abused and neglected.

“Previous Right To Information details found the Toowoomba North Child Safety Centre had 401 children in care, but only 192 approved carer families; in Rockhampton South there were 154 children and 56 carers; and there were 132 children in Woodridge with just 45 people to care for them,” she said.

“Children who have suffered mistreatment at the hands of their parents or guardians can often require special attention and care if they are to break the cycle of abuse and get their young, promising lives back on track.

“The LNP knows we need more valuable foster carers – every good foster parent and kinship carer is worth their weight in gold.

“Any Queenslander who is willing to take an at risk child into their home, nurture their recovery, and guide them towards building a new life, is a wonderful asset to our State.

“It’s time Minister Reeves and his Bligh Government colleagues started caring about our future generations, and giving foster families the support and training they need to ensure children in their care are safe,” Mrs Davis said.

“The CanDo LNP team will work hard to provide opportunity for all Queenslanders,” Mrs Davis said.

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