About us | Our story

Who we are.

Did you know that, every day, five Aboriginal children are left looking for a place to stay? And that’s why our charity is here – to provide the urgently needed out-of-home care Aboriginal children and young people need, when they need it most.

What we do

As Western Australia’s only Aboriginal foster care agency, we work in partnership with government agencies and our ever-growing community of carers across WA to provide safe and secure homes and care for Aboriginal children.

Five Aboriginal children are left looking for a place to stay every night.

But while the immediate safety and wellbeing of children is our priority, we have a bigger mission. It’s also our goal to provide the support and guidance Aboriginal children need to stay connected with their culture, promoting a clear sense of belonging, identity and self-worth.

So, it isn’t simply about ensuring no Aboriginal child is left without a loving home. It’s also about helping every child fulfil their potential and thrive – socially, emotionally, and in life.

How you can help

The support we provide for Aboriginal children and their carers is vital. It’s life-changing – even life-saving – work that strengthens families, communities and Western Australian society. And you can be part of it.

 

Yorganop Logo

Created by Noongar Artist
Ian Hill Wallam

The story behind our logo and name

Our logo is more than a badge. It represents the essence and spirit of Yorganop and our connection to Country and WA’s Aboriginal heart.

At the top of the triangle there’s a circle symbolising the sun – the life force and giver of life – while the three bands of colour represent the colours of the landscape of the South West of WA.

The triangle itself signifies the basic needs we all have (food and shelter), and the oval shapes in the centre represent the family, with the two hands on each side caring for children.

Our name has a similarly layered meaning: in the Noongar language ‘yorga’ means girl and ‘nop’ means boy, and so ‘Yorganop’ means ‘girl-boy’ or ‘our kids’.