The 15th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference will be held next week at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 25 July to Friday 27July, 2018.
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Many Australian carers are grandparents caring for vulnerable relatives living out-of-home and they are not getting the support services they need, according to a research report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
Institute Director Anne Hollonds said the report, Working together to care for kids: A survey of foster and relative/kinship carers, found relative/kinship carers were less likely to access the professional support and training they needed for their role than foster carers.
The latest estimates of the costs of raising children in Australia show costs have risen substantially over the last two decades due to changing community expectations of what children need to live a healthy life.