One third of children in care are Aboriginal. We need more families to become carers to provide the culturally enriched care that Aboriginal children need to thrive.
An Aboriginal child’s cultural identity is an important part of who they are. Children who are strong in their culture have higher self-esteem, confidence and expectations of what they can achieve. Wherever possible we try to place Aboriginal children safely within their extended Aboriginal family, community, or with other Aboriginal carers who can support Aboriginal children to build their identity and sense of belonging. We support all carers of Aboriginal children to provide culturally enriched care and maintain children’s connections to their family, community, culture and Country.
Do you have what it takes?
You can apply to become a foster carer if you’re over 18, have Australian citizenship or permanent residency, and are in good physical and emotional health.
You can be:
- single, married or in a de facto or same-sex relationship
- a home-owner or renter
- working or not working
- from any culture and with a diverse range of life experiences
- a parent or someone with no biological children.
While there is no such thing as the ‘perfect’ carer, we recommend you have the following qualities:
- Flexibility and adaptability: you’re happy to learn new things and experience new situations. You’re prepared to have days that don’t turn out exactly as planned.
- Acceptance and patience: you take things one day at a time, and work towards goals while appreciating it may take a long time to get there.
- Perseverance: you’re able to ‘hang in there’ and appreciate that meaningful change often takes time.
- Understanding: you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes and appreciate the complex reasons for children’s behaviour.
Is this you?
Becoming a carer is one of the most meaningful things you will ever do. You could change a life! If you’re interested in becoming a carer, please contact us or your local Aboriginal out-of-home care agency to discuss the next steps.
Where to go for more info
You’ll find plenty more resources and information from Fostering NSW.