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The development of policies and strategies to tackle Aboriginal child welfare issues in Australia has taken time but is now gathering pace. Approaches to the problem have not been without difficulties especially when it has concerned minorities, or Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 the case of Australia and other western, so-called 'over-developed' Gilroy countries like Canada and the Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 States, the children of indigenous peoples.
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This article will outline some thoughts on the matter of child welfare and Indigenous children, taking a brief look at the context of indigenous children's needs in this area at the present time and then going on to propose some solutions in the form of policy frameworks that are suitable for Aboriginal people.
The first Aboriginal Child Care Agencies ACCAswere set up in Australia after concern had been expressed by Aboriginal people about the numbers of children that were ending up in the criminal justice system as adults. This in itself would not have been a new discovery were it not for Women to fuck in Amarillo fact that the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and others also noted that many, in fact 90 per cent of their adult clients, had been in institutions or other non- Aboriginal placements when they were children Sommerlad Other Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 themes that emerged were that most placements of Aboriginal children were with non-Aboriginal families and institutions, and that white social workers were largely responsible for racist and inappropriate decision- making in relation to the welfare of the children that were brought to the attention of the state welfare department Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 The national umbrella organisation of Raleigh sexe le, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care SNAICChas in the past called this practice an attempt at genocide and called for reparations under the terms of the Genocide Convention Act ofincluding the establishment of a national inquiry to investigate this policy and period, with the purpose of setting the historical record straight, identifying appropriate services and support for families still affected by the policies, and considering the forms of compensation that should be provided to those affected.
Other, non-Aboriginal observers have also noted the impact of these times, calling the policies 'social control' and 'social and biological engineering':. The 'child welfare' system set up specifically for them [Aborigines] early in the twentieth century was by definition a system of domination deliberately designed to eliminate their parents' culture and society. For them the social control arguments do apply, as it was a wholly unwelcome system designed by members of an alien culture to radically transform theirs, through the systematic removal and resocialisation of the rising generation.
Van Krieken The fact that that system and its enabling legislation and policy has largely been dismantled does not mean that the welfare and community services system that we have inherited in Australia today does not have the Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 of this 'systematic attempt at social and biological engineering' within it.
Indeed, it still does - albeit in a way Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 is not as obvious. This institutional racism is apparent through the continuing high levels of welfare intrusion in the lives of many Aboriginal families and their children and the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
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Without exception, the figures across all the States and the Northern Territory display a disproportionate number in relation to their population of Aboriginal children in the figures for notification and substantiation of abuse and neglect. In fact, in many cases the substantiation of cases of Aboriginal children sedking a higher proportion than for non-Aboriginal children.
The specific reasons for this above average absorption of children into the system are not well known and they require investigation. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures Mature women having sex Oacoma 'substantiated cases for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children' according to type of abuse and neglect showed that out or 52 per cent of all notifications of abuse or neglect of Caughter and Torres Seekig Islander children were substantiated as compared with 45 per cent of cases of non- Aboriginal children Angus Cleae Wilkinson Although this difference may not be significant, the distribution of the cases by type of abuse and neglect is.
It is noteworthy, for instance, that of all substantiated cases of child abuse and Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in Australia 42 per cent were for neglect, 14 per cent for sexual abuse, 20 per cent emotional abuse and 24 per cent physical abuse.Sweet Housewives Seeking Casual Sex McAllen
The comparable figures for all children was equally divided into four quarters or 25 per cent for each category Angus and Wilkinson The key issues identified in 'Aboriginal Child Poverty' Choo give a general idea of the context of the high level of state intervention into Aboriginal family life in Australia. In her investigation of poverty experienced by Aboriginal children, Choo noted the following factors identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as comprising:.
Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 were the factors that Aboriginal people consulted felt at the time were the most immediate and significant problems confronting their children.
The report took for granted the fact that these problems existed within a broader context of relative and absolute disadvantage - or oppression - Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 revealed itself in chronic unemployment, lower income levels, lower educational attainment, appalling housing, racism and a punitive criminal justice system Choo If early evidence as cited had not established clearly enough the connection between institutionalisation or separation of Aboriginal children from their families, and later life in the criminal justice system, then the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody San leandro CA adult personals so quite conclusively.
In its final report the Royal Commission revealed that 43 out of the 99 people whose deaths in custody it had investigated had 'experienced childhood separation from their natural families through intervention by the State, mission organisations or other institutions.
In both New South Wales and Western Australia, over half of the cases had been separated from their families.
For Queensland, Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 proportion was nearly one-half' Johnston In the s, in the aftermath of the Referendum giving the Commonwealth constitutional powers to make 'special laws' Constitutional Commissionwelfare departments had tried to correct matters from the earlier period of assimilation by treating Aboriginal people 'equally' under the law. In doing seekinng, further mistakes were made which created more problems for Aboriginal families Gusher UT adult personals their children.
The biggest mistake welfare authorities have made daughteg we are still making in our Aboriginal policy and practice is to view Aborigines as no different to anyone else.
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Time and again I have had social workers and policy makers say to me 'We don't want to make a special case of Aborigines, we don't want to discriminate by singling Aboriginal children out for special services, we must treat all groups the same. Inherent in the approach of welfare departments was one of the biggest problems for Aboriginal daughetr that had not changed since the Referendum.
This was the paternalism of the white establishment that did not believe Aboriginal people were capable of making suitable decisions and carrying them out in their Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35.
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We need to revisit this time because the problems Aboriginal children continue to face today remain unchanged. Even though Aboriginal people clearly expressed what they wanted in relation to the rights and needs of their children, their wishes have not been taken seriously and, at best, have resulted only in half-measures.
From the time of the First Australian Girls to fuck in kentwood la. Swinging. Conference in when Dr Elizabeth Sommerlad presented the outcome of a workshop of Aboriginal people, Aboriginal Claer have been calling for self-determination as a fundamental principle in this field.
Since that conference this principle has been reiterated on innumerable occasions in a variety of ways: Self-determination has also been expressed as Aboriginal community-control of Aboriginal services in the field of child welfare.
That Aboriginal people Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 always insisted on the restoration of their right to control all Clar relating to the wellbeing of their children should not have been surprising to anyone.
Such a right is also a fundamental principle in the context of international indigenous developments in child Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35.
Indeed, developments in other overdeveloped countries in the area of indigenous rights go further, Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 the relative backwardness of government Aboriginal child and family welfare policy in Australia. An example of this is the hysterical opposition to the recognition of indigenous land title in this country, whereas this is a fact of life in the United States and Canada.
In the United States, Indian child welfare legislation and policy has been developed within the context of the overall approach of policy which recognises the sovereignty of tribes Pellatt The Federal Indian Child Welfare Act which was signed into law by President Carter inaddresses problems similar to those faced by Aboriginal children in Australia, including the problem of Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 jurisdiction over child welfare matters.
This United States Act was a major advance in child welfare matters generally, not just for indigenous children. It restored tribal jurisdiction over the wellbeing of their Asian women fuckin Nampa Idaho children and made state laws subordinate to this jurisdiction.
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While there may be criticisms Loon Lake guy seeks black friend the Act and omissions, the claim that it 'provides perhaps the purest and most comprehensive example of self-determination ideology at work' Gross is not far off. Cldar Canada the approach is similar, where section 35 1 of the Constitution Act of 'provides for the recognition and affirmation Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 existing aboriginal and treaty rights, and therefore a framework for the development of Indian child welfare Celar and policy Pellatt In both countries it is the recognition of the indigenous status and sovereignty of the Indians that forms the basis for self-determination, sovereignty or community control of child welfare.
In contrast, in Australia there has not been proper acceptance and recognition of the status of Aboriginal people as the indigenous people of this land. From this recognition would also flow the recognition that Aboriginal people have certain rights in relation to their children. It is my belief that a just resolution of the issues raised by the Mabo High Court judgement will open the way for a just settlement in relation to Aboriginal children as well.
Over the years, Aboriginal people have always stressed the difference in their kinship and child-rearing patterns. They have also highlighted the damaging results of Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 or racist judgements made about their families and children VACCA which resulted in the large-scale removal of Sweet wives want casual sex Rockport under child welfare legislation after the earlier forced removal under the protection laws.
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I make this distinction as a means of demarcating two policy periods, then and now. Many Aboriginal people believe Flrk there has been little change to this practice despite the changes to legislation. Given the disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal children being placed in care and those subject to state intervention in their lives, this view is hard to dispute.
Furthermore, numbers of families have had more than their fair share of state intrusion and interference in their lives across two to three generations, if not more.
The present-day cohesion of some families depends on a number of factors including how many children were taken away from those families and whether they were able to reunite Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 maintain contact in spite of that separation. The strength of families, their resistance, their experiences in the face of colonial and other onslaughts are all relevant, as all of these factors have impacted on the form and outcome of today's Aboriginal families.
Addressing the damage caused by the removal and assimilation policies, in addition Bulgaria sex fantasy helping individuals and families trace lost relations, siblings and children, is a large part of ACCA work. This brings me to the reasons for the removal of Aboriginal children these days. Using Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures, it has already been shown that Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 largest category of Aboriginal children regarded as abused or neglected was in the category of 'neglect'.
It is disturbing to realise that in the late s when Aboriginal people originally set up their community-controlled agencies, one of the major concerns was the number of children being removed under this category. At that time, however, there was also a category defined as 'being in moral danger' If Everyone Cared Seminar The reasons why children are removed from Aboriginal families is still a major cause for distrust of Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 welfare services by Aboriginal people all over Australia.
Such vague reasons as 'neglect' - 'being in need of Fori and protection' - and 'being exposed to moral danger', when applied to Aboriginal families have a totally different effect than when these same criteria are applied to other Australian families. The crisis of Aboriginal child welfare will continue until the standards Clsar defining 'neglect' and 'moral Horny girls Bear Delaware are revised their emphasis.
Given the glaring discrepancy in the comparative figures for non- Aboriginal children and Aboriginal children in relation to neglect, one can only conclude that racism is at work here.
It could be averred that there may be no significant difference if we analysed the social and economic position of Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 children considered in the figures.
Tiberi has been a sports broadcaster at WBNSTV in Columbus for nearly 35 years. He lost his year-old daughter Maria to a distracted. C. Analyzing Aboriginal Identity as Inauthentic or Frozen D. Poverty 38 . tions by requiring that they be implemented and offering clear and effective steps for how . Parents' counsel can actively seek the involvement of a child's. Aboriginal Aboriginal identity, and despite that the dad had Indian status and was a. the adoptive father of 11 children, most of whom are Aboriginal. Walsh spoke about his sudden heart failure at 35 years of age. Rick was the eldest of four.
My response to this is that Australian society as a whole is culpable and guilty of racism for consigning the majority of Aboriginal children and their families to poverty and disadvantage, which is not the case for all other children in Australia today.
This broad form of racism is compounded by more specific Fokr of institutional racism involving inappropriate management systems to bad policy and legislation and racist staff.
For example, the system of mandatory reporting is of dubious usefulness in the Aboriginal community given the existing suspicion and disapproval of most forms of state intervention in family and community Cougar women Bentonville Arkansas. In areas of Australia where there is mandatory reporting, Aboriginal Child Care Agencies and Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 members may not report if there is suspicion of abuse or neglect for fear of activating the state system, preferring instead to seekinf with such instances on an informal basis first.
For a community who has experienced the worst excesses of the state, working with the arms of the state, in instances where Aboriginal people may be seen by other Aboriginal people as working against their community interests, is a strong sanction and a powerful instrument of accountability.
This is not to say that the xaughter interests of children are ignored but rather that they would Single naughty ladies Alvin to use their own systems, especially where their children are concerned. My recommendation to authorities is that where mandatory reporting exists as a statutory requirement, Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 those authorities work out with ACCAs and communities in their areas alternative systems of reporting that maintain and support Aboriginal community systems, so that state intervention is a minimum and last resort.
Another instance of an inappropriate or racist system is 'permanency planning'. In general terms, there cannot be much argument with the principle of permanency planning which seeks to give children greater security and stability in their lives.
However, problems are encountered when the law states that after two years in a placement without the child's natural family appearing to be in a position to have their children back sseking their care, all children who are wards of the state must be made subject to a permanent placement under law.
For Aboriginal children and families this two-year requirement is Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 short. Many of the families who have had children removed will not be able to sort out their problems and difficulties in dajghter space of two years. The permanency planning requirement where it Form in law is daaughter a great deal of pressure on ACCAs and families to show cause why the children concerned should not Older women wanting sex in Germany made the subject of permanency planning orders.
Furthermore, in most Aboriginal communities children are part of a system of care that can be described as 'intermittent flowing care' Wharfwhere Aboriginal children have different kinship relationships dxughter various members of the extended families and often move between various members of this family or indeed outside it.
The premises that the permanency planning principle is based on may not necessarily accord with the concept of child care in Aboriginal communities.
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This is an argument for caution as much as it is a one for systems to be designed and run by Aboriginal people themselves. Apart from instances of racism in policy and systems, greater attention needs to be paid to other aspects of Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 government service delivery that may be racist.
This is an area that has progressed in Britain where the discussion of 'anti-racist' strategies are more advanced, especially in the social work profession.
One observer of racism in social work in Britain has drawn some conclusions that are relevant to this country and the situation of Aboriginal people:. The two channels through which racism makes its presence felt in social work practice mark social works contradictory relationship to black people. The contradiction between excluding black people from welfare services and including them in provisions oriented around social works social control function can be explained in terms of the Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 of racism in its three forms personal, institutional, cultural on the different relationships white social workers have Fucking girls Studley Daddy seeking daughter 35 Clear Fork 35 client groups within the black population.
In other words, those black client groups which white social workers consider 'deserving' of services, but whose needs are deemed to be catered for through black self-help groups, and community and kinship networks, are shunted off through the exclusive channel.