In this episode of Stories from Foster Care, Niamh sits down with social worker Sola Mobolaji and family support worker Doris Abuchi-Ogbonda to talk about how foster carers and others can support African children in care. Together they explore the experiences of unaccompanied minors and the challenges for young people of navigating the asylum process. They look at how Irish people might have viewed African children in the past, how present-day racism affects children in care and their caregivers, and the importance of cultural awareness in caring for children from African countries.
Resources for further information and participation:
Black History Month: https://blackhistorymonth.ie/
Africa Day: https://www.ireland.ie/en/africa-day/
New Communities Partnership: https://www.newcommunities.ie/
Migrant Rights Centre: https://www.mrci.ie/
Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI): https://www.masi.ie/
Wicklow Welcomes Refugees: https://www.facebook.com/wicklowwelcomes/
Glencree Intercultural and Refugee Programme: https://glencree.ie/resources/programmes/intercultural-and-refugee-programme/#:~:text=Programme%20Summary&text=The%20programme%20focuses%20on%20facilitating,voice%20and%20engage%20with%20others
African Social Workers in Ireland: https://www.aswi.ie/
Institute of Anti-Racism and Black Studies: https://iabs.ie/
Irish Refugee Council: https://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie/
Migrant Integration Strategy: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/99a1a-public-consultation-to-inform-a-new-national-strategy-for-migrant-integration/
About the podcast – Stories from Foster Care is brought to you by the Irish Foster Care Association in association with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. Join host Niamh Barrett as she meets people from all walks of life who have different experiences of foster care in Ireland. Listen to Stories from Foster Care on Spotify, Apple, Nearcast or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe for all the latest episodes.
The music on this podcast is a track called Pastures by Ketsa, the music appears here under a Creative Commons Licence.
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