THE Hunter’s Family and Community Services (FACS) office could be stripped of its authority to oversee out of home care for at-risk children after failing to meet accreditation requirements.
The Hunter New England FACS district has been given a “six month lifeline” to meet the Office of Children’s Guardian standards or have its accreditation withdrawn.
Foster crisis: Kids knowingly sent to carers with serious criminal charges
- Category: Child Protection NSW media and newspaper articles
- Created: Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:22
- Written by Jane Hansen - News Limited
VULNERABLE foster children were placed in homes with carers who had serious criminal records, including rape, assault and drugs charges, with the full knowledge of the state government.
The Sunday Telegraph has obtained a leaked 2010 internal report that raises concerns with senior management in Family and Community Services (FACS) about five carers with serious criminal records.
One foster carer on the mid-north coast had an 18-page record, including two convictions for rape, three for assault, five for stealing, four for domestic violence and one of malicious wounding. The carer had done significant jail time.
The carer and his wife were paid $128,000 in foster payments each year to care for 10 children from 2005 onwards.