The importance of staying connected to culture

We keep children connected to community and country

Almost half of our foster children are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. There are also children who are from other cultures and countries. It's vital for a child's development that they maintain their cultural and community links - key parts of a child's identity. Children with a strong sense of identity are more likely to develop strong self-esteem, confidence and grow into resilient adults. That's why we do everything we can to help place foster children with kinship carers, who often share these same community and cultural ties.

Children benefit from their heritage

When children and young people are continually immersed in their culture, they develop a sense of pride and belonging. Here are some benefits for children who remain connected to their culture and community, regardless of their move into kinship care or foster care.

Strong identity

Children who maintain close links to their community and culture develop a clear sense of who they are, giving them a strong grounding as they move forward through life.


Children who remain immersed in their culture develop a strong sense of belonging, which gives them confidence to learn, explore and grow.


Children with strong self-esteem are more likely to develop greater resilience and are able to successfully navigate life's ups and downs.


Children and young people who can learn from Elders are provided with role models who can teach them, in a culturally-appropriate way, how to live in harmony with people and the planet.

Language preservation

Children who continue to practice their language feel a strong sense of identity and community.

Maintaining traditions

Continuing with cultural observances, ceremonies and traditions is important to a child and young person's sense of self and their place in their community.

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