Connecting children to culture

3 March 2020

Culture is a critical part of our identity and is forged early in life through our family and community.

That’s why, often when a child enters care, they can feel they’ve lost a part of themselves.

But there are many ways you can help nurture their sense of self and belonging.

Culture means different things for different people, so try to understand:

  • what is important to them?

  • how they view themselves?

  • how their family does things?

  • what kinds of foods they like/don’t like or

  • what traditions their family have?

Give them a chance to make simple decisions, such as:

  • what clothes they like to wear?

  • how do they like their sandwiches cut?

  • do they have a bedtime routine?

  • what do they like doing after school?

  • what kind of books they like to read?

You could also share something personal to give them insight into your culture.

Here are a few great examples of how to kick-start conversations, by saying:

  1. “What made you choose the pink shirt today?"

  2. "In our family we say it’s okay to cry, how do you feel about that?"

  3. “Notice how you like to eat pasta and I prefer rice? Different, but still yummy!”

Build a positive relationship with the child’s family as they can give great insights into their likes, routines and family traditions.

If you can’t speak with the child’s family, ask your case manager to find out for you. If you can’t speak with the child’s family—ask your case manager to find out for you.

Be sure to check out our Carer Guide for more information:

Carer Guide

Our Carer Guide provides an in depth look at the day-to-day of being a foster carer