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.

During 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 foster carers on their caring experiences.

The first phase of consultation (Phase 1) engaged with Departmental family and foster carers.

Phase 2 consultation will seek feedback from community sector organisation (CSO) carers, in partnership with the Alliance for Children at Risk.

Due to concerns regarding COVID-19 all face-to-face consultation sessions have been cancelled. An electronic survey will be posted on this page in coming weeks.

Carers can also provide feedback by email to fostercarershaveyoursay@communities.wa.gov.au.

Roundtable meeting

A roundtable meeting was chaired by the Commissioner for Children and Young People on 14 February 2020. The meeting brought together foster carers and experts on family and foster care to consider the information gathered in phase 1, and to 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 June 2020, with recommendations for short-term actions and suggested strategies for medium and long-term solutions to address systemic and stakeholder issues. This will include information from phases 1 and 2 of consultations and the Roundtable meeting.

How do I find out more?

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