Here are some links that we recommend to support parents, carers and children.

Support for children and young people in care

CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).

 

Support for parents and family members

The Family Inclusion Network of Australia (FIN A) represents member Family Inclusion Networks from around Australia to support and advocate for the rightful place of parents, family and community as key stakeholders when children are involved in the child protection system.

The fundamental principle of FIN A is that parents and families have a central and imperative role to play in the child protection processes of assessment and decision-making when children are at risk of being removed or have been removed.   

Family Inclusion Network of Australia
Family Inclusion Network of Western Australia
Family Inclusion Network of Queensland
Family Inclusion Network of New South Wales
Family Inclusion Network of Victoria

Parent Peer Support

Parents & Children Together (PACT)

In 2013, a group of parents involved with child protection came together for a group work program in Central Victoria. At the end of that course, all parents agreed that they would like to keep meeting together, sharing their journey, knowledge and experiences, and providing encouragement and support to one another. The group began to meet fortnightly and chose to name the group Parents and Children Together (PACT).

Support for carers (foster and kinship)

Australian Foster Care Association

AFCA is a membership based voluntary organisation supporting and representing the voices of foster carers, their families and the children they care for throughout Australia. AFCA works in partnership with other community organisations in the child and family welfare sector to provide the support necessary for children and young people unable to live at home to achieve better outcomes. 

Other links

Emotional Geographic
Web magazine, online resources and blog about the healing of long term trauma. Also information about parenting and child development to support parents and prevent child abuse.