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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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The Experiences of Indigenous Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care in Victoria, Australia

The Experiences of Indigenous Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care in Victoria, Australia

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(p.149) 8 The Experiences of Indigenous Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care in Victoria, Australia
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Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood
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Philip Mendes

Bernadette Saunders

Susan Baidawi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630485.003.0009

This chapter reports on exploratory research in Victoria, Australia, involving focus groups and interviews with service providers and Indigenous care leavers to examine the impact of existing support services. Indigenous children and young people are highly overrepresented in the Australian out-of-home care system. To date, neither specific research focusing on this group’s experiences as they transition from care nor an assessment of the Indigenous-specific and non-Indigenous supports and services available to them have been undertaken. Findings suggest that Aboriginal Community Controlled Organizations (ACCOs) play a positive role in working with non-Indigenous agencies to assist Indigenous care leavers. Participants identified a few key strategies to improve outcomes, such as facilitating stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous services and improving ACCO resourcing.

Keywords:   out-of-home care, leaving care, child protection, cultural support, Australia, Indigenous, Aboriginal

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