Cultural matching in out of home care

Maintaining and supporting cultural identity among children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in foster care

Manjula Waniganayake, Fay Hadley, Matt Johnson, Jacqueline Hayden, Katey De Gioia, Tadgh McMahon, Kathy Karatasas, Paul Mortimer

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The aim of this research was to identify factors that support foster carers to maintain cultural, language and religious identity for children in culturally matched and unmatched foster care placements. The research was designed to produce findings which can support government and non-government stakeholders in foster care to develop their service systems and practice frameworks for maintaining cultural identity, when placing and supporting culturally diverse children and young people in foster care.
The key research question this study set out to examine was:
- What factors in foster care practice and service systems support the maintenance of cultural, language and religious identity for children from culturally and linguistically diverse family backgrounds in foster care, when placed with culturally matched and unmatched carers? The research was conducted as a partnership between Macquarie University’s Department of Educational Studies, and Settlement Services International.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherMacquarie University
Commissioning bodySettlement Services International
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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