Awareness

  • Have you ever wondered whether your kids have selective hearing? Often you can ask them to do something and get no response. When my son Kaha was little, we applied a strategy recommended by a friend where he would respond with “yes mummy” to let me know he’d heard me. I’d say, “It’s time to …
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  • 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
  • You’ve heard it said, probably hundreds of times, that it takes a village to raise a child. Easy to say, perhaps harder to do. There are an increasing number of children entering the Out-of-Home Care system because their family of birth isn’t safe. Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognised as a major issue …
    Read more: It takes a village
  • 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
  • We asked Michelle – an accredited Mental Health Social Worker with decades of experience in child protection working with children who have an experience of trauma and their carers – what advice would you give to someone entering into Foster Care? Talk to other carers to find out the reality. There’s an idea of Foster …
    Read more: Six things to prepare for foster care
  • The outcomes for children who’ve been in Out-of-Home Care do not tell a good story. Regardless of the reasons for it, separation from family is a traumatic experience. This trauma is often compounded by multiple placements resulting from any combination of the impacts of trauma, ill-equipped carers, or decisions being made by a care system …
    Read more: A different outcome?
  • There can be a range of concerns for people when considering Foster Care. Being a ‘public parent’ can be difficult and the department decision-making process can be frustrating. Handling behaviours you might not have encountered before, navigating impacts on your biological children, and engaging with birth parents are all unique and potentially very real challenges …
    Read more: Having to say goodbye
  • Culture is a key consideration within the Out-of-Home Care space. Regardless of the reason why a child or young person enters the care systems, it involves loss. They experience a level of disconnection from their family and the world they’ve known. Culture is interrelated with family, identity, safety, and wellbeing. Disconnection from culture represents another …
    Read more: Care and culture
  • Your health as a carer and care family is not solely dependent on how strong you or your family are. Community is an essential component of helping you thrive. We are wired for connection. In community is where we flourish. As you commit to providing Foster Care or Kinship Care, your community is being called …
    Read more: Find your people, first
  • Our theology and philosophy of Foster Care is grace-based for everyone involved in the story of a child in out-of-home care. This article outlines what being a team player looks like in the Foster Care space. Foster Carers are part of a team, working in partnership to provide what’s best for the child. This team …
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