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.

 

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.

 

Our RAP

 

FCAV celebrates the strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures and acknowledges the wrong doings of the past including the forcible removal of children and young people, some of whom told their stories in the national inquiry for the Bringing Them Home Report 1997. 

 

As the peak body for foster carers in Victoria, our plan for reconciliation is to support all carers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people in obtaining the knowledge and resources they need to provide children in their care meaningful connections to family, community and culture. We facilitate this through continuing and growing partnerships with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Service Sector and advocating for Aboriginal children in Aboriginal care (ACAC), a new program for Aboriginal children and young people subject to a Children’s Court protection order.

 

FCAV Reconciliation Action Plan 2018  FCAV RAP Annual Report July 2018 - June 2019
Pages from FCAV Innovate RAP 2018 2020 RAPAR

 

Activities and events

 

During 2018 - 2019, the FCAV has focused on developing relationships with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and providing learning opportunities within our organisation and amongst our members.

 

In particular we have had great success in the collaborative co-hosting of cultural events for foster carers, staff and children, with a focus on learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures and ensuring Aboriginal children in care can remain connected to the their community, culture and family.

 

Cultural Carer Forums 2018
Connecting to Culture Webinar 2018
Walk on Country Oct 2018

Carer’s Cultural Lunch at Charcoal Lane Mar 2019

Walk on Country 2019