At SSI, we believe children in care who are supported to learn about and maintain a connection to their culture, religion and language have better outcomes as they grow up than those who are not supported in this way1. These connections help children to understand where they have come from and to develop their sense of belonging and identity.
Helping children stay connected with their culture, language and religion can also help if and when children are returned to their birth parents.
Our foster care service has a strong focus on helping children to maintain these connections. As foster carers with our service, we will be asking you to commit to helping children placed with you to learn about and remain connected with their culture. Where it is required, our caseworkers will provide support.
1 Burke, S. and Paxman, M. 2008. Children and young people from non-English speaking backgrounds in out-of-home care in NSW, Centre for Parenting & Research Service System Development Division, NSW Department of Community Services