Confusing needs of children and families

October 7, 2008 at 10:34 am | Posted in Articles, Issues for Fostering, Media, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Australian ran an article last week about a submission made by a couple who are calling for more foster care placements to be converted to permanent care. The headline, Potential Carers Put Off Fostering implies that the decision to become a foster carer is often hinged on this point and therefore changes should be made.

Fertility difficulties like that of the couple interviewed here, while heartbreaking for families involved, is and has to be irrelevant when considering how we manage care planning processes. These considerations must look at how we can best meet the needs of the child, not how we can find children for families.

That is not to say that reviews of how these transitions are functioning should not occur, but these should always be seeking to improve outcomes and stability for children with an understanding of the importance of birth families in the formation of identity and belonging and the need for a safe and nurturing environment.

The couple interviewed here state that they turn off when they hear about foster care. Rather than seeing this as a negative, I think this shows that the community is gaining a stronger insight into what foster care means and can work constructively towards deciding if it is a path that would suit their lifestyle and abilities.

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