Northern Territory Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield
Supporting Aboriginal Carers To Raise Aboriginal Children
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government is investing $5.4 Million over 4 years to recruit and support Aboriginal foster and kinship carers, as well as investing in training for current carers.
“Every child deserves a childhood where they are safe and connected with their culture and identity. The Territory Government is investing in the most vulnerable children in the early years to change their pathways in life.”
“We currently have over 1,000 children in out-of-home care and almost 90% of these children are Aboriginal, we need to address this overrepresentation and ensure that every child has a bright future.”
Investment is a key recommendation from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children and is additional to the $120 Million annual investment in out-of-home care services.
From that funding pool, $4.2 Million is allocated specifically to fund 3 Aboriginal-controlled organisations across the Territory to increase their capacity to identify family or other suitable Aboriginal carers for children, and to provide them with culturally appropriate support.
Remaining $1.2 Million will be invested to improve training for all foster and kinship carers, and to expand the use of interpreters so that families can participate in making decisions about their children in their first language and understand what is happening.
Funded organisations will play a vital role in providing culturally responsive and local approaches to addressing the need for more Aboriginal carers for Aboriginal children across the Territory.
Funded organisations will focus on improvements in 2 key areas:
- Finding and recruiting Aboriginal foster and kinship carers for Aboriginal children in care
- Supporting Aboriginal foster and kinship carers so that they are more informed, equipped, valued and enabled to care for children and young people and to maintain a stable placement for as long as required