How should children in care refer to themselves? How should you introduce them? We don’t do labels. We've never referred to a child in our care as a foster child. Not in their hearing, not anytime. And for anyone who needs to know (doctor, teacher), the basic facts are sufficient and explain all that needs to be said. Foster care is their legal status. So why should that be what describes them? It's like the system gives these children a secret stamp – only visible to it – that says ‘Child in Care’. Different rules apply to ‘normal’ children.
Welcome to fostercarer.com.au. For more information about us and why this site exists, please go to the About Us page. We believe there is a useful conversation to be had between carers and carers, and carers and agencies, independently of the children in your care. Over time those conversations may well extend to all aspects of being a foster carer. Many of those conversations happen in person. We think there is an opportunity in this networked world to carry out some of them online.