Call for Aboriginal families
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.