Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas season to share with family and friends. An especially warm wish of joy and happiness to all foster families and the children in their care throughout Victoria and beyond.

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The Australian – “Car dealer helps kids trade neglect for love”

December 19, 2008 at 11:48 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles | Leave a comment
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The Australian has run an article today telling the story of a retired businessman and former ward of the state who is dedicating his life to providing care for children. You can read the full article here .

NSW is experiencing a growth in these kind of projects / organisations, and opinion is divided over whether or not it is a positive move. My thoughts are that people like Mr. Campbell should be supported in their efforts to create positive change for children and young people wherever possible and appropriate. It is unfortunate that people still have that ‘Not In My Backyard’ mentality when it comes to foster children in their community.

Agency loses funding

December 19, 2008 at 8:02 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles, Indigenous issues, Issues for Fostering, Media | Leave a comment
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The Australian has run a report about an agency providing care for indigenous children and young people which has lost it’s funding. You can read the full story here .

Cases like this raise the question of standard of care. We remove children and young people from situations where they are considered to be unsafe. However, how plausible is it to always demand that their new standard of care be above and beyond, for whatever reason, what a large percentage of the population are able to offer?
First and foremost we should be ensuring that all children and young people are receiving safe, nurturing care.

Curtain cord death

December 16, 2008 at 10:57 am | Posted in Articles | Leave a comment

A young child has died from strangulation by an unsecured curtain cord in South Australia, the Herald Sun has reported. This serves as a reminder of just how fragile the lives of children can be, and why the Home & Environment checks for foster carers specify the standards they do. You can read the full article here .

Call to increase prevention

December 11, 2008 at 8:57 am | Posted in Articles, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment
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The latest report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies has prompted calls for a stronger focus on preventing children and young people from entering care. You can read an article on the subject from the Herald Sun here .

While increasing support services may indeed help, this article runs the risk of the being misinterpreted by the public as saying that it is better for children not to enter care under any circumstances, which is of course not the case.

You can visit the Australian Institute of Family Studies website here .

More debate over smacking kids

December 11, 2008 at 8:52 am | Posted in Articles, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment
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The debate over whether or not smacking children is ever defensible continues. You can read the latest article from the Herald Sun here .

Daar Aasya Information Session Coming up

December 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Coming Events, Events | Leave a comment

The Muslim foster care program, called Daar Aasya, is about to hold it’s next information session in partnership with Oz Child in the Lysterfield Mosque. Anyone interested should attend.

Where: The Lysterfield Isomer Mosque – 1273 Wellington Road, Lysterfield

When: Sunday, 21 December from 2pm to 4:30pm.

To register your interest in attending, or to find out more, please contact Daar Aasya at daaraasya@mercymission.org.au or on 0413-127-595.

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