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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and carers
If you have a big heart and commitment to keeping Aboriginal kids connected to their family, community and culture, then we’d love to hear from you. 

Our out-of-home Aboriginal children are in need of more Aboriginal foster carers.

Get in touch to discuss how you can help make a difference in these children’s lives. 

We can refer you to an accredited Aboriginal community-controlled agency close to you who can assist in your caring journey, and we’ll continue to support you along the way with our training and support programs.

Read more about becoming a foster carer

We’re committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, communities and individuals to develop our services in line with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles.

Our goal is to honour and uphold the culture and heritage of the children and young people in out-of-home care and we have developed strategies across our services to ensure that Aboriginal children and young people in care stay connected to their family, community and country. 

My Forever Family NSW is committed to:

  • providing tailored training for carers of Aboriginal children
  • developing a dedicated recruitment strategy for Aboriginal people
  • working with non-indigenous carers of Aboriginal children and young people to help understand and support the needs of the children they care for
  • working with carers and agencies so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are supported by (or transitioned with their carer to) an accredited Aboriginal community-controlled out-of-home care organisation wherever possible

The Australian Government’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles aim to ensure that intervention into family life does not disconnect children from their family and culture. 

The principles aim to support:

  • recognition and protection of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, family members and communities in child welfare matters
  • self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in child welfare matters
  • reduction in the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

In practice, it means that the order of preference for placement options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people is as follows:

  1. Family and kin networks
  2. Non-related Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander carers in the child's community
  3. Carers in another Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community
  4. Non-Indigenous carers, provided they are able to maintain the child's connections to their family, community and cultural identity.
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