Foster care should be more highly valued and professionalised as a therapeutic placement. We propose a number of measures to strengthen foster care placements such as:
placements be reviewed every 12 months;
payment be tied to both training and the length of placement;
payment packages which meet the specific needs of the foster family;
payments made to include a direct allocation to services that the foster child/ren and family require to be supported; and
all foster carers to have a police check and child safety clearance.