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Child abuse report lacks crucial statistics for out of home care
How much more likely is a child to die in foster care than in the family home? I could only find old results but I am guessing things haven't changed to much where ever you go in the world.

I would like to let you in on an email I sent recently regarding this matter, and the reply I received…

Please send me detailed child death data for the latest year available. I am after the number of children who died in foster care but no one seems to have that information,


Dear Mr Borusiewicz

Thank you for your enquiry. The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) maintains the Queensland Child Death Register and publishes an annual report on deaths of children and young people in Queensland. The number of deaths of children in out-of-home care is not published separately. Our primary consideration is that material we publish protects the privacy of individuals. Deaths of children in out-of-home care are included in the broader category of children known to the child protection system in the 12 months prior to their death.

The following information relates to the deaths of children known to the child protection system:

Of the 390 child deaths in 2015-16, 46 children were known to the child protection system, representing a rate of 54.6 deaths per 100 000, compared with 34.9 deaths per 100 000 for all Queensland children. Seventeen children died as a result of diseases and morbid conditions and 17 as a result of external causes. Five deaths of children known to the child protection system were suicides, 4 were fatal assault and 4 were other non-intentional injuries.

The annual report on child deaths in 2016-17 will be published on the QFCC’s website after it is tabled in Parliament later this year.


Child Death Prevention team


Now this seems like nothing short of a cover up to me so I sent back this….

Below are some figures which are the same as I have asked you for. They may be old but they are astounding and the only reason one would have to not give these figures out is to cover up the truth. My two year old son died in foster care. The average age of children who die in foster care is four and under. You guys don't give out that figure either. It is easy to see that children are safer in the family home than in foster care but there are billions of dollars being made from the foster care "Industry."

Quote: Our primary consideration is that material we publish protects the privacy of individuals.

Who is being protected by not publishing these figures? Not people like me whose child died in foster care. Who are you trying to protect exactly???

According to figures from Laura Knaperek, a Tempe Republican,a state representative who serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families. Arizona...
Removing children from their homes can be detrimental. Children in foster homes are three times more likely to be physically abused. The rate is 10 times higher in group homes. Children in group homes are 28 percent more likely than children in the general populace to experience sexual abuse.

In Arizona as of September 30, 2004 there were 8,839 children who were placed in out-of-home care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The thirteen reported deaths in a year give a rate of 147 per hundred thousand child years, 5.25 times the rate in parental care.

Saskatchewan Data

Saskatchewan has published a report Children's Advocate Report, A Summary of Child Death Reviews for the Years 2000 and 2001. It gives the number of deaths in ministry care for each of the five years from 1997 to 2001. The website of in a series of reports titled Child and Family Services Statistical Report gives the number of children in care in Saskatchewan for the same years. The relevant data is:
year in care deaths
1997 2416 5
1998 2536 11
1999 2710 6
2000 2947 5
2001 2906 9
total 13515 36

The overall death rate in ministry care is 266 per 100 thousand child-years, 9.5 times that of parental care.

Manitoba Data

In June 2010 the CBC published a chart giving the deaths in Manitoba foster care (jpg) over a thirteen year period. It showed 154 deaths in 80060 child-years of foster care, a rate of 192.4 deaths per 100 thousand child-years, 6.9 times the parental care rate.

British Data

On November 20, 2008 the British Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) issued an annual report signed by her majesty's chief inpector Christine Gilbert (pdf). It shows on page 73 that 59,500 children are "cared for" by local authorities and on page 69 that 282 children died in the period 1 April 2007 to 31 August 2008. If the 282 are all from the "cared for" population, that gives a death rate in care of 334 per hundred thousand child-years, 11.9 times the parental care rate.
In February 2009 Ontario's child advocate Irwin Elman reported that 90 children had died in the care of Ontario's children's aid societies in one year. Criticism originating with the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies soon claimed that in 36 cases children's aid only got involved after the death of the child, reducing the number of CAS fatalities to only 54. Spread over Ontario's 18,800 foster children (September 30, 2004 figure from OACAS) the two alternatives give death rates of 479 or 287 per 100 thousand child years, 17.1 or 10.2 times the parental care rate.


The most reliable data sources show that the ratio of deaths in foster care to deaths in parental care is 5.25 in Arizona, 9.5 in Saskatchewan, 6.9 in Manitoba, 11.9 in Britain and in Ontario 17.1 or 10.2, depending on whose side you take in a controversy. An overall round number of ten to one seems reasonable.


I believe it is very important for these figures to be made public so people can be held accountable for the damage they are causing. I am asking everyone to write to the below address and ask for the statistics for children who have died in foster care and what ages they were.

Thankyou for your support,
Michael Borusiewicz.

Queensland Family & Child Commission

Child Death Prevention <>

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