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Aboriginal agency capacity building
An essential principle of the transition is a commitment that Aboriginal children and young people be cared for by Aboriginal carers and Aboriginal caseworkers within accredited community-controlled Aboriginal agencies.
This ensures that, wherever possible, Aboriginal children remain within their community and maintain their cultural connections. This is essential to ensure the healthy development and future of Aboriginal children and their communities.
Approximately 27% of children and young people in out-of-home care are Aboriginal. This is highly disproportionate (compared to 10% of Aboriginal children in the general community), and a well-considered approach must be taken to help reverse this trend. The out-of-home care transition program is part of this approach.
AbSec staff within the Transition Program Office (TPO) are leading the Aboriginal capacity building project, which supports the growth and development of accredited Aboriginal out-of-home care providers to achieve this important transition principle.