"Foster parents blow whistle on Families SA"
Category: South Australia Child Protection
Created: Sunday, 28 July 2013 23:30
Written by Gerda Juzuchowski, 7News Adelaide
FIRST ON 7: A network of former foster parents who have had children removed from their care has blown the whistle on a crisis within Families SA.
They claim the system is unjust and destroying lives - and the Minister concedes improvements need to be made.
While they can’t be identified, the foster parents have cared for hundreds of children over decades.
They are also united in the grief of having children forcibly removed.
“She was taken from our place kicking and screaming, singing out our names,” one woman told 7News.
Another said she was given a 35-minute window to pack her clothes, and described the removal as being ‘like a tragic death’.
Some of the carers had raised the children from babies.
In each case, allegations were made and the parents felt immediately labelled guilty.
“They said we were only in it for the money, and yet we weren’t only in it for the money – we loved those kids dearly with all our hearts,” one woman said.
They said they felt bullied, and don’t have an avenue to prove their innocence.