Join the Conversation - Innovation in Aboriginal child and family services

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) offers a wide range of innovative and culturally relevant services that are responsive to the diverse needs of Aboriginal communities.

This webinar highlighted why and how Aboriginal services differ to mainstream services, as well as the critical importance of culture and safety in delivering these services. Learnings from VACCA’s Kinship Care program and successful cultural and community projects were also presented.

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Comments (3)

What would be the most appropriate way to deal with families where one parent is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background and the other is of non-Indigenous background? How would these parents be supported? Would the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle be followed in the case of children at risk or would other options also be considered? Thank you for considering this.
Hi Indrani, If children have one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parent and one parent that is not, they are still considered Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children and therefore the Child Placement Principle should absolutely be followed. In saying this, I am not advocating to exclude the rights of the non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander extended family members and if the non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander extended family members are in a position to provide safe care for the children, this should definitely be given consideration. What I am saying is that the children have the right to be grown up within their culture and have the right to develop their cultural identities. In South Australia, we have Family Care Meetings, run by an external body to Families SA (the statutory child protection agency here), that are considered a more culturally-appropriate avenue than Care and Protection Orders, particularly as they are intended to give the family the opportunity to determine solutions to ensure their children's safety. The outcomes of these meetings include options for where the children should be placed (if outside of the home) and support for the family. I hope this helps a little.
The Aboriginal Child Placement Principle applies to the child- so whether one or both of the parents are Aboriginal does not matter, the Principle still must be followed. The Principle applies to placement options so if a child is removed by Child Protection Services it must be followed. The best means of providing support is linking the child and family into Aboriginal services who often support to Aboriginal children who are in the care of non Aboriginal parents, kin or foster carers. Aboriginal services support many non Aboriginal people caring for Aboriginal children. I hope this is helpful cheers