Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who grow up in a home where they have a strong connection to their Culture and community thrive.
When you become a Foster Carer with VACCA, you’ll be supported in providing a culturally safe and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, who are unable to live with their birth families.
It starts with education
Take time to educate yourself on the rich history, Culture and traditions of Australia’s First Peoples. Understanding what has come before will help you to better understand the needs of the child or young person in your care.
By increasing your cultural knowledge and incorporating cultural practices at home where possible, you’re supporting the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child or young person in your care to stay connected to their Culture and heritage.
Culture on display
Decorating your home with Indigenous art, symbols, and cultural artifacts creates a home environment that celebrates Culture and helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care to explore their cultural identity in a safe space.
Watching movies, listening to music, reading books and celebrating the achievements of Indigenous Australians helps to create a sense of pride and belonging.
Make Culture part of every day
VACCA will guide you to incorporate cultural practises into your daily life. Learn about ceremonies, traditional language, and significant cultural events. Celebrate important dates like NAIDOC Week or Reconciliation Week, and learn why they are celebrated and their historical context. You can even try incorporating traditional foods and native ingredients into your cooking.
Actively engaging in cultural practises gives the child or young person in your care an opportunity to connect and find strength in their Culture, and grow strong in knowing who they are.