Foster carers have used pictures to illustrate their journeys, to further understanding of their important role.
On display now at the Department for Child Protection’s ground floor gallery in Flinders St, Adelaide, Photovoice provides foster carers with a platform to express their experiences through visual narratives.
The images provide a powerful insight into their everyday life, and help others to see foster care through their eyes.
The project was facilitated by Master of Social Work student Sid Wagle, on placement from Flinders University.
Eight foster carers provided three photographs/images which they felt encapsulated their caring experience and were then interviewed, which provided the narrative and reasoning behind the images.
The project illustrates how their perception of foster care has grown during their caring journey, from initially wanting to make a difference, to developing a deeper understanding of the challenges and complexities many children face – and the satisfaction of being positive influences in their lives.
Moments of joy, sadness and grief are expressed in the photographs, through which foster carers also express their hopes for the future including additional support and continuity of care for children.
“The reflections are very powerful and you can really feel that it’s personal, and that you live this every day,’’ said Amalie Mannik, Manager, Centacare Foster Care.
“It’s a powerful way of raising awareness about foster care, especially to those who don’t understand it.’’
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