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Lanai Scarr

Australian political journalist, Lanai Scarr (b. 1988), was in foster care and kinship care as a child.

Lanai Scarr (then Vasek) was 5 when she went into foster care because her mother was unwell. After her mother killed herself in 1995, Lanai lived with her maternal grandparents.

When that stopped working, she lived with her paternal grandmother for a while, but was in 7 different foster care placements for 4 years.

Eventually Lanai boarded at Stella Maris College in Sydney and this changed her life, preparing her a career in journalism.

Lanai Scarr is now Political Editor of The West Australian newspaper. She has also contributed to an anthology, The Motherhood (2018), edited by Jamila Rizvi.

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