Connecting to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture: A Resource to help Carers connect children and young people in their care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

Connecting families, children and young people to their culture and history is important and creates a sense of cultural identity, inclusivity and belonging. This resource is designed to assist Carers to connect children and young people in their care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture - click here to view the resource.

The resource was developed by CF&KC-SA and we acknowledge and thank the many contributors, in particular the invaluable support and knowledge from the Life Without Barriers (SA) Reconciliation Action Plan Group.

Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) Cultural Activities Resource

“Keeping kids safe in culture provides a strong cultural identity and contributes to children’s resilience” (SNAICC 2017)

This Cultural Activities Resource Booklet has been prepared by AFSS to assist you in connecting the children and young people in your care with culture - click here to view the resource

The Role of a Support Person

CF&KC-SA has developed a document to assist Carers in understanding the role of a support person - click here to view the guide. This Carer Guide is intended to outline the role of a support person only. It does not identify the roles or responsibilities of advocates, support workers or other representatives.

CF&KC-SA has also developed a Carer Guide for "review of decisions" of the DCP under the Children and Young Persons (Safety) Act 2017 (SA) - click here to view the guide,


An Act to protect children and young people from harm; to provide for children and young people who are in care; and for other purposes.  Click here to view the Act

Other Resources...

The following list has been compiled from recommendations received from Carers. Your agency support worker or kinship care support worker may have access to copies you can borrow before you consider purchasing. If you have come across helpful resources that you think could be of interest to other Carers, please let us know!

Colour My Story

Jo Crowley is an Australian author, mother of four and primary school teacher who created the “Colour My Story” series of books that use story-telling, colouring-in and conversation, to help adults connect with children during change and difficult times.


Sarah McMurtrie is a teacher and writer who is studying psychology and has worked with young people for more than 25 years. Sarah's first book, UNTWIST, is a tool to help carers and organisations connect with and support children suffering complex trauma when they are separated from family. The book includes images, text and interactive elements carefully chosen to enhance conversations with young people who have been displaced. Further information on how to use the book is available here.

The Little Book of STILL

In this little book wellbeing practitioner and Recharge 2017 presenter Annie Harvey shares more than 30 simple activities, from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, that will bring a little stillness and calm to your busy life.

These mental exercises are about giving your mind little escapes from the ever-present state of ‘doing’, introducing mindful ‘breaks’ that place you in a ‘being’ state. These are chances to simply ‘be’, to be still.

The book is available on Amazon - click here to access

Emerging Minds Australia

Click on the link above to access a resource on the Emerging Minds Australia website on "The importance of supporting foster and kinship carers in promoting children's mental health"

Raising Children Network

An Australian website that provides up-to-date, evidence-based information about raising children and caring for yourself as a parent or carer.


OzChild supports vulnerable children and young people by providing healing, preventing abuse and neglect and strengthening families.

Cyber Safety Manual - basics and strategies for carers

Department of Child Protection information

DCP Standards of Alternative Care in South Australia

DCP Initial Placement Checklist

DCP Boundaries and keeping yourself safe

DCP Who Can Say OK?: Making decisions about children in care

DCP Privacy and your personal information

DECD Care Concern Investigation Unit (CCIU) Information Sheet

WA Department for Child Protection

Child Development and Trauma Guide

Children & Young People

Fairy Godparents and Fake Kin: Exploring non-familial kinship care (kith care)

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When Your Kids Push Your Buttons

As a parent, there are certain things that are guaranteed to push your buttons. You behave in ways you later regret, and your child learns to manipulate you. Rather than focusing on how you can change your child's behaviour, this deeply insightful and wonderfully wise book focuses on you, the parent...

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The Out-Of-Sync Child

"The Out-of-Sync Child" broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders...

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The Connected Child

"The Connected Child" will help you: Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child; Effectively deal with any learning or behavioural disorders; Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened. "...a must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children."...

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The Whole-Brain Child

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures...

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Attachment-Focused Parenting

Attachment security and affect regulation have long been buzzwords in therapy circles, but many of these ideas so integral to successful therapeutic work with kids and adolescents have yet to be effectively translated to parenting practice itself. Moreover, as neuroscience reveals how the human brain is designed to work in good relationships, and how such relationships are central to healthy human development, the practical implications for the parent-child attachment relationship become even more apparent...

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Smart Parenting for Safer Kids

The memory of sexual abuse in childhood never leaves its victims. Likewise the memory of bullying never goes away. Advances in technology are making our children more vulnerable to both. Professor Briggs, an expert in child protection, draws on a lifetime of research and practical experience to assist with today's parenting issues...

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Calmer classrooms  – a guide to working with traumatised children

Both research and wisdom show us that regardless of the adversity they face, if a child can develop and maintain a positive attachment to school, and gain an enthusiasm for learning, they will do so much better in their lives. The role of teachers in the lives of traumatised children cannot be underestimated. This booklet encourages teachers and other school personnel to forge those attachments through two key mechanisms: understanding traumatised children and developing relationship-based skills to help them...

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A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder

This book presents a short and accessible introduction to what 'attachment' means and how to recognise attachment disorders in children. The author explains how complex problems in childhood may stem from the parent-child relationship during a child's early formative years, and later from the child's engagement with the broader social world. It explores the mindset of difficult and traumatised children and the motivations behind their apparently antisocial and defensive tendencies...

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The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses, children raised in closets and cages, and victims of family violence. Here he tells their stories of trauma and transformation...

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The Impact of Fostering on Foster Carers' Children

An international literature review from the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, University of Oxford. This review was undertaken in order to identify the ways in which carers' children might be more effectively prepared and supported when their families are fostering.

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Building the Bonds of Attachment

"Building the Bonds of Attachment" is the second edition of a critically and professionally acclaimed book for social workers, therapists, and parents who strive to assist poorly attached children. This work is a composite case study of the developmental course of one child following years of abuse and neglect. This work focuses on both the specialized psychotherapy and parenting that is often necessary in facilitating a child's psychological development and attachment security...

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Why Love Matters

Why Love Matters explains why love is essential to brain development in the early years of life, particularly to the development of our social and emotional brain systems, and presents the startling discoveries that provide the answers to how our emotional lives work. Sue Gerhardt considers how the earliest relationship shapes the baby's nervous system, with lasting consequences, and how our adult life is influenced by infancy despite our inability to remember babyhood...

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Resources for biological children of foster carers

Wanslea Family Services (WA) has developed innovative resources to support the biological children of foster carers. The resources comprise:

I live here too - two interactive books (with cards) for children

Rosie's story - for 5-10 year olds

Jay's story - for 11-16 year olds

Fostering together - a guide to supporting children of foster carers (booklet for foster carers and service providers)

Fostering together - biological children of foster carers speak up (DVD - children's views on fostering)

These resources come as a package for $75 plus shipping

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Raising Your Spirited Child

In this companion workbook, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka brings readers into her world-famous workshops, where she offers parents and educators insights, emotional support and proven strategies for dealing with spirited children. The key word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is "more" -- more intense, more persistent, more sensitive and more uncomfortable with change...

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Children's Fiction

The Teazles' Baby Bunny

Mr and Mrs Teazle live happily in Foxaway Hollow. The only thing missing from their lives is a baby bunny of their own. They turn to Mr McBadger for help, and are delighted to learn there's a baby bunny looking for parents just like them...

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Dennis and the Big Decisions

When his mum and dad were no longer able to look after him safely, Dennis Duckling moved to a new home on a river where he was looked after by a family of ducks. Although Dennis quickly settled in he still wanted to see his parents and missed the pond where he used to live...

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Spark Learns to Fly

Spark the little dragon lives happily with his parents and baby sister, Flame, until his mum and dad start fighting. When the children get injured, they have to go and live wth a foster carer, who helps them understand their situation and come to terms with their problems and painful emotions...

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Billy Had to Move

Child Protection Services have been involved with Billy and his mother for some time now. He has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandmother and enjoys his pet cat, interacting with neighbours and even taking piano lessons. As the story unfolds, Billy's grandmother has unexpectedly passed away and so the story of Billy Had To Move begins...

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Murphy's Three Homes

Murphy, a Tibetan Terrier puppy, is told he is a 'good luck dog' - he is cheerful, happy, and loves to play and wag his tail. However, after going through two different homes and an animal shelter, Murphy starts to feel like a 'bad luck dog' who nobody wants. "Murphy's Three Homes" follows this adorable pup through his placement in three new homes, as well as through his anxiety, self-doubt, and hope for a new, loving family...

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