Reconciliation Action Plan

The Foster Care Association of Victoria operates on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Victoria.

 

It has been enlightening for us as an organisation to be involved in the RAP and as a member based organisation we are beginning to feel its influence informing best practice support and information, events and advocacy for carers of aboriginal children in the foster care system.  

 

Implementing our RAP has meant increased work with VACCA and provided an opportunity to strengthen relationships and gain significant knowledge in relation to safety and identity of young people in culture, connection and community for aboriginal people. Recent achievements have included cultural lunches, where elders and special guest speakers have provided detailed and personal stories about their connection to family. Aboriginal and non-aboriginal carers are captivated and inspired to work in the best way possible to promote cultural safety and connection with the aboriginal children in their care.

 

Cultural events run in culturally significant locations including Healesville Sanctuary have been overwhelmingly successful. It has bought carers and their foster children together in a fun, educational environment. To extend our service to the wider sector, FCAV will take up the opportunity to work closely with VACCA in developing relationships with new ACCOs. FCAV will be promoted as a service that can assist foster carers in the transition across from CSOs. FCAV will also promote the support available if and when there is a CIMS investigation.

 

Our vision for reconciliation

 

The Foster Care Association of Victoria’s vision for reconciliation is a nation that acknowledges historic truths and their current impacts and where First Nations’ cultures are recognised, understood and celebrated by all, as part of our community and country’s identity.


FCAV advocates for a Child Protection system which ensures Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are safe and connected to their family, culture and community. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in all areas of the care of children and young people.

 

Download the FCAV Reconciliation Action Plan 2018

 

Pages from FCAV Innovate RAP 2018 2020

 

About the artwork

 

The artwork Journey Together by Emma Bamblett, Wemba Wemba woman, is used throughout the RAP document and featured on the cover.