Fostering

The West Australian has been running a poll that asks people if they agree with the WA Department of Child Protection’s smacking ban on foster parents. As at March 30, 3137 people voted, 81% (2539 votes) said they didn’t agree with the policy. The policy came to light after Southern River MLA Peter Abetz raised the case in Parliament after the John and Pat Wieske family from Cardup were denied the right to have foster children after they said they smacked their own children.

For story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/6923383/parents-denied-right-to-foster-for-smacking-kids/

To add your vote: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/polls/popup/-/poll_id/52702

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POSTED 8 Apr 2010
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Fostering Complicated

The Department of Child Protection, which has been running a massive advertising campaign seeking foster parents for the 3238 children in state care, has drawn criticism from Southern River MLA Peter Abetz. Mr Abetz was critical of a decision by the Department not to allow Christian couple John and Tricia Wieske, from Cardup, to have foster children because they smacked their own children. He said it was political correctness gone mad. The West Australian has covered the issue over the past week since the Wieske family spoke of smacking their children as a part of bringing them up.

For story: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/6923383/parents-denied-right-to-foster-for-smacking-kids/

Action: The Wieske family is asking people to write a letter to the Editor of the West Australian which calls for the Dept of Child Protection to change the criteria for foster parents. They also ask that people call talkback shows. They also encourage people to talk about it among their church and non-church friends.

Action: The ACL is asking people to write a letter to Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney regarding the anti-smacking policy from the Dept. The ACL asks that you be sympathetic to their rationale that they want to be sensitive to children who have been traumatised by violence.. There are many willing foster carers who are being barred from caring because of this policy.

Details: Hon. Robyn McSweeney

Minister for Child Protection

10th Floor, London House

216 St Georges Terrace

PERTH WA 6000

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POSTED 19 Mar 2010
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