Royal Commission to Hear Evidence of Abuse in State Foster Care

Survivors who suffered abuse and neglect in foster care will share evidence at a Royal Commission into Abuse in Care public hearing on Monday.

Many of the survivors the inquest will hear about were placed in foster care after being taken from their families and whānau, hapū and iwi.

Foster care is when the state has intervened and ordered tamariki and rangatahi to be placed with caregivers who are not their parents or whānau for short-term or emergency care, in long-term or permanent arrangements.

The inquest will hear from survivors of foster abuse who are Maori, Pacific Islander, Pākehā, Disabled Community and Rainbow Community.  (File photo)

LAURENT SMITH

The inquest will hear from survivors of foster abuse who are Maori, Pacific Islander, Pākehā, Disabled Community and Rainbow Community. (File photo)

During the hearing, the inquest will hear from survivors of foster abuse who are Maori, Pacific Islander, Pākehā, Disabled Community and Rainbow Community.

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The audience will explore the impacts of abuse, removal from family or whānau, disconnection from culture and whakapapa, and the ongoing effect of multiple placements.

The inquiry will also hear from experts in attachment and disconnection from family and whānau, trauma, Te Ao Māori, child protection and social care practices.

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