The Department of Communities and Child Safety suspended or cancelled the permits of 30 carers last year while it substantiated 144 cases of harm to children.
The Department of Communities and Child Safety suspended or cancelled the permits of 30 carers last year while it substantiated 144 cases of harm to children. Darryn Smith

More than 9000 Queensland kids in foster care

THERE are 9103 Queensland children living in foster care, new statistics show.

Department of Communities and Child Safety data also shows the department suspended or cancelled the permits of 30 carers last year while it substantiated 144 cases of harm to children.

Foster Care Queensland executive director Bryan Smith told the Courier Mail that about one-fifth of the state's foster and kinship carers quit their roles each year due to the pressure of dealing with bureaucracy and handling the "complex needs" of children in crisis.

"Foster parents leave the system because they are disgruntled. It's a tough system," Mr Smith said.

"You can't blame them for that. They are volunteers.''

Recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows that 5273 households in Queensland provided out-of-home care during 2014-15. - ARM NEWSDESK


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