Conclusion—What Can History Tell Us About the Future of Foster Care?

  • Nell MusgroveEmail author
  • Deidre Michell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)


In this concluding chapter, Musgrove and Michell reflect on a number of recent and disturbing cases from Australian foster care—the deaths of Taihleigh Palmer and Braxton Slager, and the disappearance of William Tyrrell. By linking these cases with themes and examples from across the 150 years examined in the book as a whole, they offer a commentary on the importance of the public remaining vigilant, and demanding better and more transparent treatment of children in foster care. The chapter also identifies some recent examples of grassroots activism trying to improve foster care, and argues for the importance in shifting both practices of, and attitudes towards, foster care and foster children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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