The good news is this: the NSW Government already has a report that shows the failings of the system and maps out how to fix it.
Led by Cobble Cobble woman Professor Megan Davis, the Family Is Culture review made 126 recommendations to reform the system for our kids. By doing things like strengthening self-determination, investing in family support services, and increasing public accountability and oversight, the NSW Government can prevent harm to future generations of Aboriginal children.
But the Government’s response has focused on business as usual, without addressing the structural reforms needed to fix the system – and with no additional funding. It also says it will wait until 2024 to consider key legislative reforms that would safeguard our kids and families. Meanwhile each year, 900 Aboriginal children are being taken from their families and exposed to lifelong trauma.
The reforms our kids need have been sidelined, overlooked or watered down for two long years. While politicians drag their feet, our children suffer. And we’re not going to take it anymore.
Please sign your name to tell the NSW Government to stop ignoring the solutions right in front of them. The time for change is NOW.
Together, we can support Aboriginal children to grow up safe and loved where they belong – with family and in culture.
Want to know more about Family Is Culture? Visit the review website here: https://www.familyisculture.nsw.gov.au/