Welcome to Fostering Difference
The home for support, information, and resources for those caring for children with developmental differences.How You Can Help
What We Offer
Explore our collection of articles, research papers, and guides that provide valuable insights into developmental differences and their impact on children.
Support and Guidance
Connect with professionals and fellow foster parents to share experiences, ask questions, and find the support you need to navigate the challenges of caring for children with developmental differences.
About Sara McLean
Sara McLean (BSc, Hons Psych, M Clin Psych, PhD) is the driving force behind Fostering Difference. As a registered Psychologist and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australia Centre for Child Protection, Sara brings over two decades of experience in child and adolescent well-being mental health.
Sara’s commitment goes beyond academic research and professional practice; she is dedicated to supporting children in foster and residential care who face challenging behaviour arising from developmental differences. Her particular interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the developmental impact of other substances has made her an authority in the field.
In recognition of her tireless work supporting children in care, Sara was awarded the inaugural ACU Linacre Fellowship at Oxford University. Her vision has culminated in the creation of this website, a resource designed specifically to provide foster parents with easily accessible information and evidence-informed approaches.
Whether you are a foster parent, educator, mental health professional, or simply someone who wants to learn more about developmental differences, Fostering Difference is here to assist you. Your contribution, participation, and curiosity help us create a more inclusive and compassionate world.
Thank you for visiting Fostering Difference. Together, under Sara’s guidance, we can make a profound difference in the lives of children who need our understanding and support the most.