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8581 - OUT OF HOME CARE/FOSTER CARE SERVICES IN NEW SOUTH WALES

Haylen, Jo to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  1. What is the number of children currently in out of home care or foster care services in New South Wales?
  2. How many of the children currently in foster care are housed in homes where the foster carers identify as lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) or are in same sex relationships?
  3. How many government and non-government agencies currently provide foster care services in New South Wales?
    1. Who are these agencies?
  4. How many of the agencies in (3) are able to discriminate against prospective foster carers on the basis of sexual identity?
    1. Which agencies discriminate against prospective foster carers?
Answer -

I am advised that information on the number of children in out of home care is available on the Department of Family and Community Services' (FACS) website.

The Permanency Support Program's Funding Deed requires providers to operate within the law, which includes the Anti-Discrimination Act. In recruiting foster carers, service providers are contractually required to select carers on the basis of their competency to care for children and young people. I am advised FACS is not aware of any agency applying for an exemption which would allow them to discriminate.

Question asked on 6 June 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 188
Answer received on 9 July 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 193