The Aboriginal Child Placement Principle (ACPP) was established nationally in the early 1980s. It is intended to guide child protection services to strengthen Aboriginal children's connections with their family, community and cultural identity and recognise their right to their own heritage, customs, community and institutions.
The Principle outlines a preference that, if Aboriginal children are to be placed outside their families, they should be with other Aboriginal people. The order of preference is generally that an Aboriginal child be placed within the child's extended family; within the child's Aboriginal community; and, failing that, with other Aboriginal people.
The ACPP became part of New South Wales law with the Children (Care and Protection) Act 1987, the Community Welfare Act 1987 and the Adoption Information Act 1990.