Lorraine Thomson, Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Gail Winkworth
ACT Community Services Directorate
This report focuses on the need to provide stable and caring living situations for children in out-of-home care. It locates this issue within the broader child protection debates about family preservation and child safety. The report highlights the importance of stable and settled arrangements for the optimum brain development of young children. Research indicates the need to find flexible and developmentally appropriate solutions for achieving stability including family support, family reunification, kinship care, long term foster care, guardianship orders and adoption.