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Missed the live webinar? A captioned recording is available to view now.


Children in out-of-home care are known to be at greater risk of negative life outcomes, including physical and mental health, socio-emotional and behavioural problems and cognitive functioning. However, there are supports that can be put in place and decisions that can be made early in a child’s placement which can have a positive impact on developmental and permanency outcomes.

This webinar was chaired by Dr Jessica Stewart (Executive Director, FACSIAR). Researchers from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) presented their findings from four waves of the study over an eight year period from care entry.

Presentation and associated materials

Long-term trajectories of outcomes for children and young people who experience out-of-home care: Insights from the POCLS in NSW

Dr Catherine Wade, Principal Research Specialist, Parenting Research Centre

Infants and toddlers leaving care

Dr Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Centre for State Child Welfare Data, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago

Additional materials

Department of Communities and Justice

  • Pathways of Care Longitudinal Studies (POCLS)
    • More information about POCLS
    • Research reports and Evidence to Action Notes from POCLS published by FACSIAR
  • Caring for Kids PDF, 19764.92 KB: a guide for foster, relative and kinship carers
  • Out-of-Home Care Health Pathways Program: Caseworkers Guide
  • Your Next Step is a NSW Government produced guide to help young people transition to independence
  • Leading the Way is a NSW Government guide for foster, relative and kinship carers to help young people for leaving care

Parenting Research Centre

Fostering Lifelong Connections Project

  • Trauma informed family time: Tip sheets to support carers, caseworkers and parents to gain trauma awareness and improve trauma responses for children and young people

Additional Resources

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Last updated: 09 Feb 2024