Foster carers in New South wales. Profile and projections based on ABS data

Chalmers, J, Siminski, P and McHugh, M 2005, 'Foster carers in New South wales. Profile and projections based on ABS data', Children Australia, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 17-24.

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Title Foster carers in New South wales. Profile and projections based on ABS data
Author(s) Chalmers, J
Siminski, P
McHugh, M
Year 2005
Journal name Children Australia
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 17
End page 24
Total pages 7
Publisher National Children's Bureau of Australia
Abstract Administrative data on foster carers in New South Wales (NSW) are sadly lacking. Based on research commissioned by the NSW Department of Community Services, this paper uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing and other data to provide up-to-date information on the characteristics oj foster carers and the demographic trends that are influencing their numbers. Census data indicate that foster carer families are most likely to contain women aged 35-54 years, not in the labour force. Couples account for two-thirds ofall foster carers, with the majority of those couples also caring for birth children. While single parents account for less than one fifth of all foster carers, they are more likely to foster than couples, either with or without birth children. Higher rates of fostering were found in relatively disadvantaged areas. Projected increases in female labour force participation are expected to contribute to a decline (or to slower growth) in the number of foster carers over the next decade. However, projected increases in sole parent families and couples without children are expected to have the opposite effect. The relative magnitude ofthese effects was not ascertained.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) carers
child welfare
foster carers
New South Wales
supply and demand
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