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 family and foster carers on their fostering experiences.

Carers can provide feedback by:

November District Office meetings with carers

District

Date

Time

Location

RSVP

South West

7 November 2019

5pm-7pm

Bunbury

9722 5000

Peel

7 November 2019

9.30am-12pm

Mandurah

9583 6688

Midland

13 November 2019

10am-12pm

Midland

9274 9411

Perth

14 November 2019

10am-12pm

Perth

9214 2444

Armadale

15 November 2019

10am-12pm

Armadale

9497 6555

Pilbara

21 November 2019

10.30am-12.30pm

South Hedland

9160 2400

Esperance

22 November 2019

10am-12pm

Esperance

9083 2566

Mirrabooka

29 November 2019

10am-12pm

Mirrabooka

9344 9666

Mirrabooka

29 November 2019

5pm-7pm

Mirrabooka

9344 9666

 December District Office meetings with carers

District

Date

Time

Location

RSVP

Murchison

6 December 2019

9.30am-11.30am

Geraldton

9965 9500

Roundtable meeting

A roundtable meeting will be co-chaired by the Director General of the Department of Communities and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in November 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 January 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