One Million Dollar Research Project Launched for Grandparent Carers
Wanslea launched a one million dollar research project on Tuesday 17 January 2017 designed to deliver more effective support to the rapidly growing number of grandparents who have full-time care of their grandchildren.
A $985,000 Lotterywest grant will fund the project, which is a collaboration between three Western Australian universities and two not-for-profit organisations, led by Wanslea.
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Wanslea Newsletter Summer 2017 Edition
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Calling on Party Leaders to prioritise Children and Future Generations
The Valuing Children Initiative wrote to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Greens Leader asking them to commit to a number of actions to counter the short termism that characterises much of today’s political debate, and has a detrimental impact on children. Amongst other things the VCI asked for their commitment to establish a Ministerial Portfolio for Children and Future Generations.
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Wanslea Annual Report 2017
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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 the recent SNAICC 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.
Aboriginal children need Aboriginal foster parents
It is alarming that Aboriginal children represent 4.7% of all Australian children (0-17), but comprise 34% of all children in out-of-home care. There are significant moves to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out of home care, and Wanslea is acting to overcome the significant lack of registered Aboriginal foster carers that will keep Aboriginal children with Aboriginal families.
In Western Australia, the problem is particularly dire with Aboriginal children making up 49.5% of all children aged 0-17 in out-of-home care. Stephan Lund, Executive Manager of Out of Home Care for Wanslea has previously spoken about factors behind this. Wanslea has committed to ensure that they achieve a significant increase in the number of Aboriginal foster carers available to care for children within their community. ‘We have placed over 100 Aboriginal children in care in the last 6 months, and while we have Aboriginal staff to assist with the transition, with only 2 Aboriginal foster parents on the books, it is difficult to place with kin or community’. Wanslea first look for family or kin carers, then at Aboriginal carers before looking at non-Aboriginal carers for Aboriginal children. ‘We have a target to have at least 25% of Aboriginal children cared for by Aboriginal carers by 2016’, says Stephan.
To recruit more Aboriginal foster parents, Wanslea is holding an information day for the Aboriginal community in Perth to learn more about becoming a foster parent. Families are invited to come along and find out how their family could participate. ‘This day is about demystifying fostering within the Aboriginal community, and encouraging families to see how they can support Aboriginal children within the foster care system’ says Wanslea Aboriginal Social Worker, Bec Boss.
Wanslea has support staff trained in culturally appropriate assessments. Many of the things Aboriginal families think 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. ‘Understanding the cultural differences in rearing children is critical when assessing potential foster parents. We have strong guidelines and standards, and everything is looked at on a case by case basis. We recognise and value Aboriginal cultural norms that make Aboriginal people amazing foster parents’ Bec says.
Aboriginal people who want to find out more about being a foster parent, can phone us on 9245 2441 or email us