The impact on indigenous children when their parents also care for foster children, will be investigated following a State Government grant.
Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery today presented the Foster Care Association of Western Australia with a grant of $34,161 to look at how the children of foster carers understood the fostering relationship and what positive and negative reactions they experienced when their families cared for foster children.
The Association expects the research to provide a better understanding of how the fostering process impacts upon the children of indigenous foster carers in WA.
Associate Professor Mike Clare and social worker and postgraduate student Adam Peaty, both from the University of Western Australia, are conducting the research which aims to assist service providers and other relevant professionals understand the issues these children face.
Ms Ellery said the findings from the research would help children in fostering families become more resilient, with effective training and assessment processes to also be developed for indigenous carers.
“It is through understanding both the negative and positive events experienced by children in fostering families that we can help improve their experiences,” she said.
“The results of this research will add to the limited body of knowledge that currently exist on the impacts fostering has on the children of carers.”
A reference group of key stakeholders including indigenous foster carers, staff from agencies representing indigenous carers and indigenous young people is also being formed to assist with this study.
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