Unless the law has been changed it is a State matter although States do work together on some issues involving children. I know of a situation (I have met part of one family) the sister and her husband fostered 2 of her sister’s children who were being fostered interstate but were being abused. The family were approached and asked whether they would foster her sister’s children. The Mother had moved interstate, then didn’t want the children and had them put into foster care. The Foster Mum flew interstate, picked up the children and they ll few home together. Eventually the foster Mum moved back to her home state. Initially she was allowed so see them but only under the Foster Mum’s supervision. The children lived with their foster parents for over a year. Eventually the children went to live with their Dad. In that time he was able to get a different job and was able to care for his children. Initially he wasn’t aware of what had happened to the children apart from the Mum taking them interstate.
Published 17th October 2019