The Foster Care Association was formed on June 14, 1979 by Mr. Jack Dalton to give a voice to and represent foster families to the then Department of Community Welfare.
Instrumental in obtaining recognition from the Department was the support Mr. Dalton received from Marian Maughan, who worked in the Child Placement Service and who helped in the establishment of the Association. A steering board was formed, and a Constitution developed.
The Association has grown to now represent metropolitan and country foster families and services are designed to address their needs. The day to day services and activities of the Foster Care Association are carried out in the interests of all children in foster care throughout Western Australia.
A Board of members is elected to oversee the functions of the Foster Care Association. An annual general meeting is held annually, and the members of the association can nominate to be elected to the Board.
The Foster Care Association is a non-government, not for profit agency funded by the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support.