Over half a million Australians have experienced out-of-home care in Australia over the last century, referred to as care leavers (Senate 2004: xv). As a result of the negligent treatment of these children they carry an enormous burden that has hampered their development and potential to lead happy, fulfilling lives. 1 in 3 care leavers has committed suicide, with many more contemplating suicide (Senate 2004: 167). The generational effects continue to affect the families of care leavers which shows the detrimental impact that institutional care has had on society (Senate 2004: xiii). A large proportion of the prison population and substance abusers are care leavers as a direct result of their experiences in out-of home care (Senate 204: xiii).
I was so pleased after completing this research to see that the Australian Government launched a royal commission into the Forgotten Australians. Many of these children placed in out of home care have not had the courage to speak up but now with the funding and backing of the Federal Government have a chance to seek justice.
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