Be part of something special with Western Australia’s only Aboriginal foster care agency.
Become a Foster Carer Commercial Launch
This week, Yorganop has launched a new campaign to highlight the ongoing need for foster carers across Noongar Boodja. Our new campaign shines a light on the need for more people to put up their hand and become a foster carer. We worked with Media Junction to create a commercial to help us recruit more Foster Carers. We filmed our commercial overlooking the beautiful Derbarl Yerrigan and Matagarup Bridge. This commercial featuring esteemed local actor Ernie Dingo is rolling out across Regional WA this month on Channel 7 and across Yorganop’s social media channels.
We urgently need more foster carers to provide safe and loving homes for the growing number of children and young people who are unable to live with their own families
Aboriginal children in Western Australia represent more than 57% of the total children in out-of-home care. This statistic is significantly higher than any other state in Australia and almost 18 times the rate of non-Aboriginal children (as of 30 June 2019).
This over-representation means that many Aboriginal children are at risk of losing connections with family and culture, which can deeply impact their self-identity and social and emotional wellbeing.
When you foster a child with Yorganop, it changes everything for the better – a child’s future, their outlook, and our community. It will transform your life too.
While the safety and wellbeing of all our children and young people remain our first priority, we have a bigger vision. As well as wanting every Aboriginal child to be cared for in a nurturing home, we also want each child to be empowered to grow strong in themselves, their culture, and their future.
“Our goal isn’t simply about ensuring no Aboriginal child is left without a loving home. We empower Aboriginal children and families to grow strong in themselves, their culture, and their future.”
This is what it means to foster with Yorganop
At Yorganop, we are looking for people who can care for our Aboriginal koolangah (kids), particularly in the important role of keeping them connected to family, culture, and Country.
As an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO), Yorganop is governed by a Board of Management that is Aboriginal-led. Each person has been elected by members of the local Aboriginal community, meaning that board decision-making is determined by Aboriginal people.
Being an ACCO means that we make sure all Aboriginal children are supported to keep a strong connection with their culture, community, and Country.
“Culture is not a perk for an Aboriginal child, It’s a lifeline” – A. Jackamos
Cultural security is embedded within Yorganop and promoted through yarning, education, and training. This enables staff and foster carers to build their capacity to deliver cultural learnings to Aboriginal children in care, in ways that are culturally appropriate and safe. This allows our children to grow strong in themselves, their culture, and their future.
We welcome carers from all walks of life and backgrounds to join our growing community of carers.
How will Yorganop support you?
You will get all the practical support and guidance you need:
- Supportive carer assessment process
- Support from your case manager who is part of a therapeutic care team
- Cultural support
- Ongoing training (group and one-on-one training)
- Ongoing professional and peer support
- Ongoing financial support
- After hours support
- Short-break care
Register your interest and one of our team members will be in touch to answer any questions you have about fostering with Yorganop.