Author: Amy

  • Communicating thoughtfully about Out-of-Home Care. As a leader talking about Out-of-home Care from the platform or within your church community, you may bring your own lived experience of the system and those navigating it, or you might be brand new to the space. If it’s quite new to you, it’s so important that we take …
    Read more: Communication considerations
  • There are so many ways to provide practical support for carers. Kids in care need a lot of focused time with their carers. Sometimes seemingly simple things can go a long way to help carry the load for carers who are giving their lives to providing nurturing, healing, care for children, which is not without …
    Read more: How your church can care for carers
  • Any efforts to bring the light of Jesus into hard places should be inspired, guided, and sustained by prayer. Prayer is perhaps the greatest contribution we can give towards seeing God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven within the child protection system, families experiencing separation, and our churches. God wants to engage …
    Read more: Prayer Guide
  • We cannot overemphasise how important it is to have an understanding of trauma if you are opening your home and life to a child through home-based care. There is a high threshold for removal of a child from their home, so to put it very simply, they have experienced some hard things. It has been …
    Read more: Understanding trauma
  • When Grace first met 10-year-old Jasmine, Jasmine refused to speak. She stood with arms crossed and lips pursed. Grace had been assigned to Jasmine, as a Kids Hope mentor, to meet together once a week at school. After a few weeks, Grace brought out a Kids Hope tool designed to help with identifying emotions. She …
    Read more: Simply showing up. Grace’s Story
  • Creating opportunities for connection among those who are, have been, or want to be a carer. Carer Gatherings are simply about creating a space for carers to regularly connect with others who have a shared experience, in order to support and equip them in their care journey. Gatherings can provide support through prayer, encouragement, and …
    Read more: Carer gatherings: Creating spaces to connect
  • We’ve compiled a list of books and other resources if you want to dig deeper into various aspects of Out-of-Home Care. Click on the links below to navigate the types of resources. Please be aware that several of these books contain very strong themes and content that may be disturbing or triggering. We encourage you …
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  • A practical way to support family restoration. Family visits are an important part of the process of working towards restoration for families who’ve been separated. This is a simple but significant opportunity to play a role in the out-of-home care space within your community, showing organisations that you value the role they play, showing kids …
    Read more: Hosting family visits
  • Why does the church have a role to play in the Out-of-Home Care space in Australia? God desires that His people represent His heart, living as ambassadors of a different kind of Kingdom, one of justice and righteousness. The prophet Amos used some pretty strong language to tell people what God wasn’t interested in… religious …
    Read more: The role of the church
  • Ensuring your church is a safe environment for all children. We all want our churches to be safe places for everyone, particularly children and young people. A foundation for this is ensuring that you have robust Child Safety Policy and Procedures in place. Your denomination likely has resources available to support you in this area. …
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  • Hillsong Brisbane Central have been providing a space for use by the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs Mt Gravatt Child Safety Service Centre for a few years now. We spoke to them to find out about what it looks like. “If we’re going to be a church Monday through to Sunday, we …
    Read more: Looking beyond our own people: Hosting family visits
  • Connected Carers, in Western Sydney, exists to build a strong community where carers feel loved, valued, encouraged, supported and inspired whilst doing the ministry of caring. The heart of Connected Carers is to gather Christian carers to be a light in the Out-of-Home Care space.  Inspired by James 1:27, Religion that God our father accepts …
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  • Children and young people can enter care without warning and sometimes with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing. During a disorienting experience and in an unfamiliar environment, receiving items that are especially for them doesn’t only provide essential items but also the message that they are seen and valued. There are a number of organisations …
    Read more: Material Donations: Backpacks for kids in care
  • Kids & Youth Program Guidelines: Considering Out-of-Home Care. When designing and offering programs, churches can support Foster Carers to meet their obligations and provide inclusive environments for young people in Out-of-Home Care. We’ve prepared some guidelines to help you, which include considerations in the following areas: Download the guidelines below. We’ve also created some Communication …
    Read more: Program guidelines

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