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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Indigenous babies in 'home shuffle'

Indigenous babies in 'home shuffle'

A ONE-YEAR-OLD Aboriginal girl had been shunted between 16 different homes under state care in Western Australia, depriving her of any chance to bond.

A four-year-old racked up 17 different homes and was still in temporary care.

In a damning indictment of the state's child protection system, the Carpenter Government yesterday admitted that almost a third of the 501 Aboriginal babies and toddlers in state care had been moved at least four times in their short lives, and often much more frequently.

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