Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over represented in the care system in Australia. The reasons for this are linked to past practices of the child protection system including the Stolen Generation which continue to have a profound impact today. Life Without Barriers are proud signatories of the Family Matters Statement of Commitment. We are committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Placement Principle
Our commitment to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Placement Principle guides our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. Our goal is to make sure children receive culturally appropriate care and stay closely connected to family, community, language and culture. When we make care arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children we will not, unless it is absolutely necessary, place them outside their culture and family.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our Reconciliation Action Plan outlines our commitments to how we will make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
Long term care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
Julie is a long term carer for a primary school aged child and is passionate about maintaining children's connections to their Aboriginal culture.
Long-term care for kids of all ages
Margaret is a proud Aboriginal woman who has devoted her life to caring for others. She has been a carer for 15 years and is showing no signs of slowing down