Children in care are part of two families - they will always be a part of their birth family and while they are with you, they are part of your family as well.
As a carer, you can play a special role in keeping children connected to their family identity. Connecting the child with important people in their life, like Elders and kin, can help the child feel supported and to know their place within their family and culture.
Family is extremely important to all children and, regardless of how children come into care, most want to return home. Whether the department is working to return the child home, or the child cannot return home, the department will help children in care stay connected with their birth family and other important people in their lives in a way that is safe.
There are a number of ways that carers can help children to keep connected to their families and culture. These include supporting children with family contact visits, letters, emails, texts, phone calls, sending photographs and attending cultural and family ceremonial events. The child’s family can also participate in events that are significant for the child, such as school events, sporting events and birthdays.
Talk to the child’s Case Manager, an Aboriginal Community Worker or another cultural advisor about the ways you can support a child to keep in contact with their family and culture.