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Children and Families Research Centre

Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in out of home care: Considerations of cultural matching

bio De Gioia Katey

This is a qualitative research project investigating the positive, salugenic factors which contribute to the health, wellbeing and fulfillment of foster children, with a focus on the issues related to cultural matching.  The project involves interviews and focus groups with foster carer and caseworkers to assess 'what works', why and how.

Contact Katie: katey.degioia@mq.edu.au or visit her staff profile at the Institute of Early Childhood

Partner

Settlement Services International (SSI)

Aims of the study

Building on the 2014 pilot project, the current study aims to:
Investigate supports and barriers to positive child centred outcomes for children in a less-culturally matched community (i.e. where the cultural background of the caseworker and child match, but where foster carers are from a different background).

  1. Identify factors which support positive child centred outcomes for children culturally match in out of home care.
  2. Identify factors which support positive child centred outcomes for children in less-culturally matched out of home care.
  3. Develop a Framework of Cultural Care to assist NGO's when placing children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in out-of-home care placements.
  4. Further explore cultural matching by validating the new findings against with previous study population.

Study population

Out-of-home care placements to children from African backgrounds in the Newcastle area have ben chosen for this study.

Date
2014 - 2015