Foster care is a system in which a minor has been placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver referred to as a “foster parent”. The placement of the child is usually arranged through the government or a social-service agency. The institution, group home or foster parent is compensated for expenses.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented in child protection and out-of-home care services compared to non-Indigenous children. The reasons for this are complex and are connected to past policies and the legacy of colonisation. Poverty, assimilation policies, intergenerational trauma and discrimination and forced child removals have all contributed to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care.
ID Know Yourself is very unique from other mentoring programs, as it is specifically designed for Aboriginal young people in foster care and derived from lived experiences in care and from a empathetic point of view. It also provides a holistic approach to mentoring, so no gaps are given for the young person to fall through and so they are given the tools and essentials to flourish in all aspects of life.
Yes, ID Know Yourself is starting its movement for Aboriginal youth, but after it has created significant change within the population of Aboriginal young people in care. Its focus will be for all foster children and young people in New South Wales.
We are very selective and specific on the type of people who need as ambassadors, so therefore there is a questionnaire and interview process to be conducted.
By contacting the young person’s case worker to refer the young person, or by going to our front page (at the bottom of the page) and there will be an area that states referral form and you will be able to fill out the form and submit. ID Know Yourself will be in contact with you once we have received all required details. Otherwise, we can take a phone call and discuss the process.
There are many ways you can help ID Know Yourself; By donating a bag to our movement ‘Bags, not bin bags’ movement and by purchasing some of our merchandise (Hoodies, T-shirts, Hats and Singlets), or even put your name down to volunteer at your local ID Know Yourself Centre.
Yes, ID Know Yourself is starting in Redfern but it will eventually branch out across Sydney and the western suburbs and then around New South Wales to our country towns. The end vision will be to have an ID Know Yourself in every state/territory in Australia.
Yes, as ID Know Yourself backbone is making sure every young person knows that we are all a family that supports each other. We make sure the carers or guardians are included of our family, because we know that without them we all have no success.
Out-of-home care refers to the care of children and young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their families (often due to child abuse and neglect). It involves the placement of a child or young person with alternate caregivers on a short- or long-term basis.