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  • Placements of children with relatives, foster parents or in residential care facilities are called 'out-of-home care placements'. These placements are usually the result of a court order.
  • If a child cannot be returned to a parent’s care within specified timeframes the Children’s Court may issue a permanent care order placing the child in the care of relatives or other carers until the child is 18 years of age.
  • Adoption is when a parent relinquishes their child and guardianship of the child resulting in the child being cared for by another family.
  • Permanent care is when the Children’s Court orders that the child is to be cared for by a specified family until the reach 18 years of age to protect the safety and wellbeing of the child. This is not voluntary.

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015