Call for Abo­rig­i­nal fam­i­lies

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South East Metropolitan -

WANSLEA Foster Care is on a drive to have at least 25 per cent of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren cared for by Abo­rig­i­nal car­ers by 2016.

Stephan Lund, ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of Wanslea Out of Home Care, said Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren rep­re­sented 4.7 per cent of all Aus­tralian chil­dren aged 0-17, but com­prised 34 per cent of chil­dren in out-of-home (foster) care.

In WA, Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren ac­counted for 49.5 per cent of all chil­dren in out-ofhome care.

Mr Lund said there had been moves to re­duce the over-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren in out-ofhome care and Wanslea hoped to over­come the lack of regis­tered Abo­rig­i­nal foster car­ers.

“We have placed over 100 Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren in care in the last six months and while we have Abo­rig­i­nal staff to as­sist with the tran­si­tion, with only two Abo­rig­i­nal foster par­ents on the books, it is dif­fi­cult to place with kin or com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Lund said Wanslea ini­tially tried to place Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren with fam­ily or kin car­ers, then would look at Abo­rig­i­nal foster car­ers be­fore look­ing at non­A­bo­rig­i­nal foster car­ers.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a foster carer, visit www.fos­ter­now.com.au or phone 9245 2441.

An in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held on Novem­ber 22 from 12pm to 2pm at the Wanslea Cloverdale of­fice, 311 Aber­nethy Road, Cloverdale.

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