Cultural Connections Support
Our Multicultural Worker is available to support you around caring for children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Our Multicultural Worker is also responsible for training and supporting our staff to work in a culturally sensitive and safe manner with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse families and children, centred on understanding the experiences of CALD children in foster care, cross-cultural communication and acceptance.
Support available to foster families includes:
• Consultation on how to best meet a child’s cultural or religious support needs
• Making connections with community and religious leaders
• Providing access to resources on cultural and religious practices
• Information about upcoming religious and community events
• Information about where to find culturally appropriate resources
• Providing tailored information and resource packs
• Providing links to online resources
• Developing our FCS Resource Library collection of CALD children’s books available to borrow
• Ensuring cultural and religious representation in the FCS Resource Library
• Assisting with case plan development for children to connect with culture and religion
• Consulting with the DCP Multicultural Engagement Team, multicultural services and community groups to ensure we are informed of best practice
• Supporting cross-cultural communication practices
• Supporting the FCS team to support families in providing culturally responsive placements.
Fathering Across Cultures developed a Guide for people and organisations in the community and health services sector, as well as in the multicultural and settlement sector, who engage with new and expectant fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds as part of their work.
The Guide is accompanied by a mobile app for new and expectant fathers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with information on the first five years of fatherhood and where they can find support.
A free printable poster made to show kids that all kinds of families are OK, and that families are as diverse as people.
Elise Gravel, author and illustrator, has made this resource freely available for teachers and parents.
You can download it and print it for school or home use.
Visit Elise's website for more information about her work and other tools she has created, which include a range of educational posters, comics and blogs.
Access the DCP good practice guide to supporting children and young people from CALD backgrounds in Out of Home care and an Information Sheet suggesting ways carers can support CALD children maintain links with their culture.
Practical Ways to Support Cultural Connections
From the DCP Multicultural Services Information Sheet for Carers
Maintain regular contacts with other people of cultural backgrounds in our lives such as friends and attending community activities
Support young people to learn about their cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds
Include information about the young person's family history, cultural and religious heritage in Life Story Work
Support and encourage young people to develop positive friendships with children from other cultural backgrounds
Provide opportunities for the child to learn and maintain their birth language
Recognise and support the role of the birth parents in cultural maintenance where this is part of the approved care plan.
In the Library
Books, toys and other entertainment material provides a source of cultural information for both carers and children.
Beloved Children's Author Mem Fox celebrating Australia's incredible multi-cultural heritage.
Picture book by Eddie Betts celebrating the power and positivity we can create when we come together and spread kindness.
Join Eddie as he sets out to build his ‘kindness crew’ of lil’ homies, and helps kids understand acceptance and equality.
Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together such as pain, joy and love.
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same, but inside, they are alike.
Calendar of Cultural Events
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet maintain a Multicultural Affairs Calendar of local events.
[This calendar is currently unavailable - we will correct the link when it is back up and running!]
The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak organisation that efficiently services, innovatively empowers
and strongly advocates for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
in South Australia.
Multicultural Youth SA is a leading community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a diverse range of services and programs to support multicultural young people and young families living in South Australia.
DPC Multicultural Affairs
The Department of the Premier and Cabinet is responsible for the development of multicultural policies and programs and the promotion of cultural diversity in South Australia.
CALD Foster Carers
Adam Alsuhaili and Eman Rhajel have been foster parents for more than a decade.
Maintaining a connection to heritage and culture can be tricky for children in foster care, especially those from diverse ethnic backgrounds. But families are being supported with a new initiative to help build a sense of identity and belonging.
Muslims like Us Australia (SBS Series)
Muslims make up less than three per cent of the Australian population, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood. In this new two-part series, ten Muslim Australians with vastly different views on their faith live under one roof for eight days to explore what it means to be a Muslim in modern, multicultural Australia.
Annual Youth Survey 2019
25,126 young people participated in the Youth Survey in 2019. This year’s Mission Australia Youth Survey Report revealed that young people aged between 15 to 19 years old reported concerns relating to mental health, the environment, bullying and voice.