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Grandmothers Against Removals NSW (GMAR)

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) was started in 2014 by First Nations community members who are directly affected by forced child removals. They are a community group that works to stop the ongoing Stolen Generations.

Grandmothers Against Removal NSW co-developed the Guiding Principles for strengthening the participation of local Aboriginal community in child-protection decision-making (the Guiding Principles) with the New England FACS District Office and the NSW Ombudsman’s Office.

The Guiding Principals inform collaboration and cooperation between FACS offices across NSW and Aboriginal communities on child protection matters. In particular, they highlight the role of Local Advisory Groups (LAGs) through which local Aboriginal communities can participate in decision making regarding the care and protection of Aboriginal children.

Amongst other things, the LAGs provide a platform for Aboriginal communities to have input into child protection and out-of-home care service delivery and help to ensure compliance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child placement principles.

The GMAR NSW partnership with FACS and other bodies continues to operationalise the principles across NSW through LAGs and the Guiding Principles Yarning Circle as the statewide advisory group responsible for supporting the promotion, governance and monitoring of the roll out of the Guiding Principles.

GMAR Representatives:

Aunty Hazel Collins
Helen Eason
Jenny Munro
Aunty Christine Palmer


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