Many children who enter into out of home care and adoptive families have experienced grief, loss and trauma either separately or cumulatively. It is crucial that these experiences are recognized in children in out of home care and adoptees, and that this is taken into account when looking at how best to meet their needs.
In 2007 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were more than eight times more likely to be placed in out of home care compared with non-Indigenous children. This equated to over 7,500 Indigenous children at June 2007 (AIHW, 2007). It is important to develop effective and culturally appropriate responses to the high numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care. These children need to keep connected to their culture and community. Attachment and trauma issues frequently need to be considered.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Many children in foster or kinship care have a history of exposure to trauma. This workshop is designed to be co-facilitated by mental health professionals and foster carers. The training aims to increase understanding about the link between trauma and a child's behaviour, feelings and attitudes.
Baptcare with OzChild and Anchor
This research report discusses kinship care, care provided by relatives or members of the child's social network when unable to live with parents, in Victoria.
Department of Community, Child Safety and Disability, QLD
A training module that is designed to provide carers with the basic concepts of loss and grief as well as strategies to assist children and young people facing these issues. Developed by Dr Judith Murray and Liz Crowe from the University of Queensland.
- Characteristics of promising Indigenous out-of-home care programs and services
- Assessing, training and recruiting Indigenous carers
- Comprehensive support for Indigenous carers and young people
- Indigenous responses to child protection issues
Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) & Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
Four booklets addressing best practice and practical issues of out-of-home care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers, Children and Young People
Children's Bureau, US
This webpage offers information and materials that support foster parents' and kinship caregivers' wellbeing and their efforts to work with children in care.
2.46 MB pdf
Family & Community Services, NSW
Read the stories from child protection and out of home care.
557.13 KB pdf
Centre of Parenting and Research, NSW Government
This resource provides an overview of attachment, how attachment may have been affected in children who are in care and what carers can do to help build new attachment relationships.
Berry Street Childhood Institute
A literature review on young people with high-risk behaviours and their experiences.
This clearinghouse is through the Australian Institute of Family Studies. It is an information and advisory unit focused on the enhancement of family relationships across the lifespan.