April 11, 2017
Tamariki in care for being poor and brown
A social worker with first hand experience of state care says a review into historic abuse would be a way to draw attention to the abuse still going on.
Paora Crawford-Moyle, who is now at the Massey University school of health and social services, says many of those children picked up in the past were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She says the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children won’t fix the problem because the same attitudes persist.
"The thing that New Zealand is not getting is that children are picked up everyday, not for high risk situations that we're told but for varying reasons, for being poor, for being brown for being powerless. It is not always about picking children up to save them," she says.
Paora Crawford-Moyle says the plan for the new ministry seems to fast track tamariki to white families for adoption.
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