… it is the role and the right of parents everywhere to pass on their beliefs, knowledge, customs, language, law … to their children. In that way the culture of a group lives on and its distinctiveness, too, and consequently, the pride of the people who own it. The role and the rights of parents and families in this can become endangered when other institutions take over aspects of handing on a heritage. 
M Brandl, ‘The Aboriginal Children and Families Heritage Project’ (1980) 5 Australian Child and Family Welfare 20.
In this section
- An Aboriginal Child Placement Principle?
- Overseas Developments
- The Prospects for Reform in Australia
- Questions of Principle and Implementation
- Ensuring Aboriginal Involvement
- Federal, State and Territory Forums for Issues of Aboriginal Child Custody
- Recognition of Customary or De Facto Adoption
- Social Security and the Care and Custody of Aboriginal Children