New laws that make it easier for children to be permanently removed from their parents risk creating a new stolen generation, warns forensic psychologist.
The amendments to the legislation give the DoHHS more power. Many are concerned that such power could see another stolen generation of children.
One of the main changes to the law is that parents will now have timelines to achieve reunification. Parents will have an initial 12 months to address the alleged protective concerns so that their child can be returned to their care. At the end of the 12 months, either an additional 12 months will be granted if re-unification is likely to be achieved within that time, or permanent alternative care will be sought by the DoHHS.