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CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN ACT 2007 (NO 37 OF 2007) - SECT 12

Aboriginal children

    (1)     Kinship groups, representative organisations and communities of Aboriginal people have a major role, through self-determination, in promoting the wellbeing of Aboriginal children.

    (2)     In particular, a kinship group, representative organisation or community of Aboriginal people nominated by an Aboriginal child's family should be able to participate in the making of a decision involving the child.

    (3)     An Aboriginal child should, as far as practicable, be placed with a person in the following order of priority:

    (a)     a member of the child's family;

    (b)     an Aboriginal person in the child's community in accordance with local community practice;

    (c)     any other Aboriginal person;

    (d)     a person who:

        (i)     is not an Aboriginal person; but

        (ii)     in the CEO's opinion, is sensitive to the child's needs and capable of promoting the child's ongoing affiliation with the culture of the child's community (and, if possible, ongoing contact with the child's family).

    (4)     In addition, an Aboriginal child should, as far as practicable, be placed in close proximity to the child's family and community.



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