A Fairer Future for Grandchildren
Wanslea's Research and Evaluation team has been working with Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities since 2016 to identify the issues impacting grandparents who care for their grandchildren full time. One of the aims of this research is to provide validated data to make a case for better conditions for grandparents, who often experience very difficult family, health and financial situations. Some data that has emerged from the research includes:
- Grandparents care for grandchildren at significant cost to their own physical and mental health and relationships, with lower levels of health and well-being compared to their peers
- Poverty and financial stress are common experiences with 62% living on less than $50,000 per year, and a portion of those on less than $19,000. Half have trouble paying household bills
Wanslea, in conjunction with grandparent carers and Senator Dean Smith, a long time champion of grandparent carers, is starting an advocacy and lobbying campaign to coincide with the upcoming Federal Election.
If you would like to assist with our campaign, you can read the briefing note and send a letter to your Federal Member of Parliament, or to any of the candidates in the upcoming Federal Election. We have produced a template for you to use if you wish. You can download the letter here.
You can also join our campaign on social media. Search for #fairerfutureforgrandchildren
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Program Implementation
The implementation of the ECEI program commenced in January 2019 upon the Minister’s announcement of Wanslea as the NDIS Partner in the Community for the ECEI program across six regions (South Metropolitan, Central South Metropolitan, South East Metropolitan, Inner Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern).
New Partnership Page
Wanslea has launched a partnership page to showcase our valued partners.
Click here to go to the page
Wanslea Newsletter Autumn 2019 Edition
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Aboriginal Children in Foster Care
Aboriginal children are over represented in foster care. Wanslea believes that where possible, Aboriginal children should be cared for by Aboriginal carers. Wanslea Foster Care strives to connect Aboriginal children with their culture and with their family network.
Wanslea has support staff trained in culturally appropriate assessments. Many of the things Aboriginal families think might stop them from becoming foster parents – being single, already having children and no spare room, renting, multi-generational living arrangements or some criminal record are not necessarily impediments to becoming a foster carer.
Wanslea Foster Care has produced a film which is a call to action for foster carers to work more closely with birth families and for Aboriginal children to be connected to family and culture. The film was launched at a 2015 conference in Perth.
You can view it here
Wanslea Foster Care Great Southern
Wanslea Foster Care offers foster care in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The Great Southern comprises the City of Albany and the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Denmark, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling.
Wanslea Foster Carers are supported by professional staff, learning and development and access to equipment and other resources.
If you or someone you know lives in the Great Southern region and would like to find out more about fostering at Wanslea, why not call us on 9843 0077 to speak to one of our staff.
Call 9843 0077 for more information or click here to go to our Fosternow website.