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Care for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Children & Young People

Acknowledgement

Lutheran Care celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to all First Nations Elders past, present and emerging.

We recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia and respect their deep spiritual connection to land, water and sea.

We acknowledge the trauma, grief and loss of the past and present.

Our Reconciliation Vision

Lutheran Care commits to a shared journey that supports reconciliation, healing and justice.

Lutheran Care is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Our vision is to build strong foundations and enduring partnerships in our relationships with First Nations people and in the design, delivery and experience of our services in South Australian and the Northern Territory.

Care for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Child

Lutheran Care is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Lutheran Care provide training, assessment and ongoing support for foster carers that may be interested in caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child or young persons.

Lutheran Care support the ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Child Placement Principle’ for all children in out-of-home care, including foster care, and recognise the importance of building children’s identities through connection to culture.

Are you a First Nations person?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people have a unique perspective and experience when caring for ATSI children and young people.

Experience, connection to country, language and a sense of pride all play a vital role in who First Nations people are.

ATSI caregivers are able to convey a sense of ‘normal’ in a child’s life. We encourage you to contact us to enquire about fostering.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle

The fundamental goal of the principle is to enhance and preserve Aboriginal children's connection to family and community, with a strong sense of identity and culture.

The principle recognises the importance of connections to family, community, culture and country in child and family welfare legislation, policy and practice, and asserts that self-determining communities are central to supporting and maintaining those connections.

The principle aims to:

  • ensure an understanding that culture underpins and is integral to safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and is embedded in policy and practice;
  • recognise and protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, family members and communities in child welfare matters;
  • increase the level of self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in child welfare matters; and
  • reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care systems. (From SNAICC’s “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A Guide to Support Implementation”)
Proudly Partnering with KWY

Lutheran Care is the proud partnering organisation to KWY, provider of a new Aboriginal kinship support program.

The pilot program is a critical step in ensuring that we engage with our kinship carers of Aboriginal children effectively in a culturally safe manner.

KWY Chief Executive Craig Rigney said: “KWY sees the new program as an opportunity to highlight how culture can truly be a protective factor knowing that children can feel a strong sense of identity when their culture and families are acknowledged and included in decision making.”

Connection to Culture

There are many things a non-Aboriginal family can do to help keep children connected to their culture.

Watch our Long Term Foster Care film and listen to this LCC foster carer talk about some of the ways in which she helps keep the Aboriginal child in her care connected to culture.

Foster Care

Cultural Recognition and Celebrations