Foster Care on ABC 774

January 31, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Issues for Fostering, Media | Leave a comment
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Last week I appeared on ABC Melbourne’s Conversation Hour with Jon Faine, speaking about my experiences as a foster carer and the difficulties the sector is currently facing.  You can hear audio from the interview at http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/stories/s2149619.htm?melbourne . 

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Inconsistent sentencing

January 23, 2008 at 10:12 am | Posted in Articles, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment

This article from the Age on the 20th of January is saddening.  It concerns the disparity in sentencing for child rapists, depending on the age of the child.  Perpetrators of children over ten years old are more likely to receive lenient sentencing, and may not be imprisoned at all. 

Victoria’s County and Supreme Court records show that of the 193 people convicted of raping children aged 10 to 16, just 60 were jailed; 39 received wholly suspended sentences.”

 People who held positions of community trust were more likely to be sentenced (22 out of 28).  Does the severity and impact of this crime against children change according to the age of the child, or the job held by the perpetrator?   The inconsisency is concerning, and certainly does not send the community as a whole a particularly clear message about the devastation of child sexual abuse.  As Joe Tucci (CEO Australian Childhood Foundation) puts it, “we fail our children.” 

Sobering Stats

January 23, 2008 at 9:58 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles, Child Protection, Media | 1 Comment

Both the Herald Sun and The Age have published articles in the last couple of days concerning the increasing rates of child abuse and numbers of children residing in out of home care.  According to the Age, 28,441 children were removed nationally from their parents last year – 50% placed in foster careThis article from the Herald Sun provides a snapshot of the picture in Victoria, with breakdowns of types of abuse.  It is not hard to see why the system is under strain – carers, support agencies, and protective services alike. 

Foster care info sessions – Vermont South & Glen Waverley

January 17, 2008 at 10:30 am | Posted in Coming Events, Where can I foster? | Leave a comment
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Anglicare Victoria are holding two foster care information sessions in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs over the coming weeks.

If you’ve ever thought about fostering, volunteering to help a child or young person in need, or just want to make a difference, then this is for you.

 Anglicare provides foster care and support for children and young people aged 0-18, an Adolescent Community Placement (ACP) program for young people aged 13-17, and several specific programs for children and young people with a disability or high needs.

Information Session #1 – Vermont South

Date:  Thursday 7th February

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Venue:   Vermont South Library, Pavey Place, Vermont South, VIC

Information Session #2 – Glen Waverley

Date:  Friday 8th February

Time:  7:30-8:30pm

Venue: Kerrie Neighbourhood House, 36 Kincumber Drive, Glen Waverley, VIC

Both sessions are free and all are welcome.  Free information DVDs will be available on the night.  Please call Josh on 1300 889 335 for more details. 

Our children

January 15, 2008 at 10:13 am | Posted in Articles, Media | Leave a comment

“We live in a global community, where we share global ethics and have a global responsibility. We cannot say that orphaned and unwanted children are not our problem – they are all our children, and our future. “

This quote comes from an interesting article by Deborah Lee Jackman  posted here on the ABC website about Australia’s adoption processes.  While this blog is more concerned with foster care than adoption issues, there are many people who examine both alternatives carefully when considering the possibility of caring for a child other than their own.  The quote is making a pointed comment about inter-country adoption and global responsibility, but the sentiment is also meaningful in our Australian foster care context.  They are “our children, and our future.” 

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