Funding for more Aboriginal foster and kinship carers

Territory Families is providing funding for projects that recruit and support Aboriginal foster and kinship carers across the NT.

Aboriginal-controlled organisations are invited to submit proposals that will increase their capacity to identify family or other suitable Aboriginal carers for children, and to provide them with culturally appropriate support.

Successful organisations will play a vital role in providing culturally responsive and local approaches to addressing the need for more Aboriginal carers for Aboriginal children across the Territory.

Improvements will focus on two key areas:

  • Finding and recruiting Aboriginal foster and kinship carers for Aboriginal children in care
  • Supporting Aboriginal foster and kinship carers so that they are more informed, equipped, valued and enabled to care for children and young people and to maintain a stable placement for as long as required.

There are currently more than 1000 NT children in out-of-home care and almost 90% of these are Aboriginal.

Dr Christine Fejo-King, External Expert Member of the Clinical Governance and Professional Practice Committee said placing Aboriginal children with Aboriginal kin grounds them in who they are and where they belong.

“The fundamental thing about being human – the need that everyone has – is to know who you are and where you belong in the world,” she said.

“I support programs such as the Aboriginal Carers Growing Up Aboriginal Children grants because Aboriginal organisations are best placed to deliver these services.”

“This is because they are part of the community. They are Aboriginal people working for Aboriginal people with Aboriginal people.”

Dr Fejo-King said she would like to see the Aboriginal community come out strongly and take their place as the guides and mentors and strengths of their children for the future.

Last updated: 05 September 2018