Tag: Churches

  • Join with churches around Australia to celebrate Foster and Kinship Carers and raise awareness of both the needs and opportunities in the Out-of-home Care space. Foster Care Sunday provides an opportunity for the Church to come together in unity to: Email us at hello@homewardproject.org to request the Foster Care Sunday video and other resources and ideas …
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  • Jen* climbed out of her window at 12 years old, needing to escape. It’s been a journey of unlearning and learning; ultimately breaking a cycle and leaving a legacy for the next generation. The love shown by her Foster Carers helped break through the lies that she’d come to believe about herself and she learned …
    Read more: Foster Care: Leaving a legacy
  • 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 …
    Read more: A vision for God’s people
  • The day you were born is special. You’re worth celebrating! This is a message every child deserves to receive. Unfortunately, for a range of different reasons, it might not be what is experienced by all children on their birthday.  The traditions and celebration surrounding birthdays are an important part of childhood. For parents and carers …
    Read more: Birthday in a box.
  • Hillsong CityCare partners with Foster Care organisations across the country through their annual Christmas campaign ‘Kilo of Christmas.’ We all know that when we’re singing along to “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,”* that for some, this is very far from reality. The Christmas season puts a spotlight on ‘family’ and can highlight …
    Read more: Making Christmas special for everyone
  • Partner with a local Out-of-Home Care organisation at Christmas time. Christmas is a season of generosity. In response to the ultimate gift of Jesus, many churches mobilise their members to contribute towards being a blessing to those in their community that might be doing it tough. If your church runs an annual Christmas Appeal, this …
    Read more: ‘Tis the season to be generous
  • Barb stepped into a part-time Foster Care Chaplain role, not knowing exactly what it would look like but with the support of Lifehouse Church leadership who wanted the church to start engaging in the Foster Care space in some way. The leadership team had been reimagining the possibilities for local mission and were aware of …
    Read more: A foster care chaplain. Barb’s story
  • Communicating thoughtfully about Out-of-Home Care. As a leader talking about Out-of-home Care – foster care, kinship care, permanent care or guardianship – 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 …
    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
  • A trauma-informed approach to working with children and young people. The Homeward Project Trauma-informed Training will equip your Kids and Youth Ministry staff and volunteers with understanding of how and why a child from a “hard place” or with a difficult history may behave differently in a church environment. They will also be equipped with …
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  • 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
  • A Homeward Project Info Session is one of the best ways you can engage and mobilise your church in a ministry of Out-of-Home Care. We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we can all do something. A Homeward Info Session for everyone. We’ll equip and support you to plan and host an …
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  • 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 create 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 learning opportunities for …
    Read more: Carer gatherings: Creating spaces to connect
  • 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 …
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  • A practical way to support family restoration. Family visitations are an important part of the process of working towards restoration for families who have been separated. Where decisions are made to facilitate contact between children in care and their families, a safe and consistent space is needed to host visits. The nature and frequency of …
    Read more: Hosting family visits

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