The Department of Communities values family and foster carers and the fundamental role they play in the care of children – we are partners in care and we need to work together.

Providing family and foster carers with the right support, at the right time and for the right reason, will bring about the best outcomes for children in care.

In Child Protection Week 2019, Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection announced that the Department would partner with the Foster Care Association Western Australia (FCAWA) to review processes around recruitment, suitability and support mechanisms. This led to the development of the Foster Care Refresh project.

Consultation

The Foster Care Refresh project is seeking feedback from Departmental family and foster carers on their caring experiences.

Carers can provide feedback by 1 February 2020:

Phase 2 consultation will involve seeking feedback from community sector agency carers. Information on how to provide feedback will be provided on this webpage in due course.

Roundtable meeting

A roundtable meeting will be chaired by the Commissioner for Children and Young People on 14 February 2019. The meeting will bring together foster carers and experts on family and foster care to consider the information gathered and make recommendations to address gaps and improve the experience of carers and the children in their care.

Final report

A final report will be released in March 2020, with recommendations for short-term actions and suggested strategies for medium and long-term solutions to address systemic and stakeholder issues.

How do I find out more?

If you have any further queries, please email fostercarershaveyoursay@communities.wa.gov.au