Great Expectations

June 29, 2010 at 11:21 am | Posted in About Fostering, Coming Events, Issues for Fostering, Resources, Supports for Carers | Leave a comment

As we eagerly await the research report into educational outcomes for children by Anglicare Victoria’s Research and Innovations Unit, it seems fitting to take a look at the existing resources around working with schools.

The Child Safety Commissioner’s Office has produced a booklet called “Great Expectations” which is a great tool for helping teachers and principals understand the backgrounds and needs of children in care.

It gives and overview of the barriers, the challenges and inclusive learning opportunities. There’s also a powerpoint presentation to guide participants through the material.

For information about the Anglicare Victoria Report into Educational Outcomes for Children in Out of Home Care check the Anglicare Victoria website.

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A day in the life of a foster brother…

June 25, 2010 at 10:48 am | Posted in About Fostering, Media, Stories, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We all have many questions when we’re thinking about becoming involved in foster care. But for parents one of the most common questions is; How will this affect my own children?

We talked to 12 year old Liam, who is a foster brother, to hear about the experience of fostering from his perspective.

“It’s pretty easy to be a foster brother. If you get along well with them it’s like having a friend stay for a while.

You get to hopefully help kids like stopping them from getting into drugs and you help them have a better life.
I guess it would be hard if you don’t get along. Sometimes it might be hard on the first night but when you get to know them they’re really good. You just find things you have in common, you can usually find at least one thing you have in common.

Seeing the changes is great. For example some of the kids used to try and steal but you see their behaviour and attitudes change.

What advice would you give to other kids
I’ve made lifelong friends, it’s really good.

What advice would you give to parents who are worried about their kids if they become foster carers?
Well the kids probably won’t like the idea at the start and they’ll be really worried. But once they start they’ll really like it. When they get the first call for the first placement they’ll definitely be excited.

Has being a foster brother changed your life in any other ways?
Yeah I want to be a psychologist when I grow up so that I can work with kids in foster care. I really like helping people.

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