Fostering relations with parents

November 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Links, Stories | 1 Comment

It comes as a surprise to many people that foster care is more than looking after a child. When a child comes into a foster carer’s home, they often come with a family and other people who have been connected with them and who will be connected for their entire lives.

The level of contact foster carers have with parents or grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins varies from situation to situation. It may involve face-to-face contact or it may not, but as two Anglicare Victoria foster carers discuss, a positive relationship with families of origin sets you on the right track for a positive placement.

Read more about what foster carers had to say at the Anglicare Victoria blog.

Can you Foster His Future?

September 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Coming Events, Events, Issues for Fostering, Links, Stories, Where can I foster? | Leave a comment

matthew.picAnglicare Victoria Eastern Region is running a campaign to find a foster carer for “Matthew” (not his real name).

Matthew is 16 years old who loves basketball, school and helping out around the home. He currently lives in Residential Care but according to Anglicare Victoria a home environment is what he needs to reach his full potential.

If you would like more information call 1300 889 335, e-mail or read over the website and media release. 

Anglicare Victoria will be holding information sessions about Matthew on September 22nd, Nunawading Civic Centre (Courtyard Room) at 1:00-2:00 and 7:30-8:30. Call 1300 889 335 to register your interest.

Foster Care Crisis: ABC Stateline Victoria

April 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Posted in About Fostering, Issues for Fostering, Links, Media, Stories | 2 Comments
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This week’s edition of ABC’s stateline investigated the future of foster care in Victoria. With interviews with carers Jill Gaitly who has cared for babies up to 3 years for 42 years, Kim Rae who care for adolescent boys as well as Dr. Ray Cleary, CEO of Anglicare Victoria the story questioned a future which depends on the voluntary efforts of community members for the care of our most vulnerable and most trauma affected children.

Journalists pointed out that current carers are adamant they are not in it for the money, although some feel that reimbursements didn’t go far enough.

While it is expected that much of the care provided will continue to be voluntary, Anglicare Victoria believes that “professional carers”, (paid carers with qualifications in child psychology or related fields), are a necessary part of the cohort of people caring for children, especially for children who are seriously affected by trauma and whose challenging behaviors require professional therapeutic interventions.

Another aspect of Stateline’s story focused on the need for carers to be more included in the decisions made about the child. Here it is important the recognise that most decisions are made by the courts and not by agencies. Additionally, there are a number of programs adopting a “Care Team” model which places children in the middle of the circle and includes all the other members of the people involved in the decision making for the child in a circle of care around them. These may include foster carers, case workers, DHS staff, parents, school teachers, coaches or other people with a connection to the child. These have been highly successful and have included both parents and foster carers in a way that changes the ways that decisions are made.

Privacy and Media Restrictions

April 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Around the Nation, Child Protection, Links, Media | Leave a comment

Radio National’s Law Report yesterday focused on the laws which prohibit the identification of children in foster care and their carers (if this will identify the child) as well as a myriad of other issues.

The program raised a number of important areas for public discussion however I must stress that this program was particularly NSW focused and whether or not these translate to other states is not to be assumed.

In addition, the claim by journalist Caroline Overington that child protection can bend the rules of privacy for positive publications about foster care is just not the case, at least not in Victoria. Children will never be photographed or identified in the media for any purpose unless under very strict conditions.

Pair opens heart, door to children

April 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Articles, Events, Links, Media, Stories | Leave a comment
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Lots of love: Foster parenting comes from the heart for Shirley and Malcolm.

A local Montrose couple shares their experience of fostering with their community through the local newspaper.

Shirley and Malcolm have interesting perspectives and acknowledge the challenges foster care can present. They also talk about the importance of respite for foster carers. They are clearly a positive and dynamic caring duo who supporting kids and families achieve.  

Remember that if you’d like to get involved you can come along to an information night, call 1300 889 335 or make an online enquiry.

Call for more carers in the Yarra Ranges

April 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Articles, Events, Links, Media, Where can I foster? | 1 Comment
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The Ranges Trader Mail and the Belgrave/ Ferntree Gully Mail have reported on the need for carers in the Yarra Ranges. Monbulk resident and current foster carer with Anglicare Victoria, Judy James, shares her experiences of being a involved, and urges others to give it a go.

If you live in the Yarra Ranges and would like to find out more you can come to an information session, call Anglicare Victoria on 1300 889 335 for an information pack or make an online enquiry.

*Online enquiries are the best option for people living outside the Yarra Ranges to find out more about foster care in your local community.

Follow us on Twitter

April 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Links, Resources, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

You can now follow our updates on twitter by following the links below or through the Twitter link on the side-bar.

From kid in care to carer: repaying a debt of gratitude (The Age)

March 20, 2009 at 9:12 am | Posted in About Fostering, Articles, Events, Links, Media, Stories | Leave a comment
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Youssif Assafiri inspired many people with his speech at the launch on Wednesday, and he’s now inspiring people across Victoria. In this article in The Age, Youssif shares his experience of separation from his family, residential care units and everytually foster carers. Youssif is now a residential care worker himself and advocate of foster care.

New Campaign Launched Today: 1000 carers needed

March 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Events, Links, Media, Stories, Uncategorized, Where can I foster? | 2 Comments


Foster a Brighter Future is the theme of a new campaign launched today in Melbourne. The message is one of inclusivity, “Foster carers come from all walks of life” with inspiring interviews with carers featured on a new website, a new Community Service Announcement (Radio and TV) and a new DVD.

At the launch, the Victorian Minister for Community Services, representatives of CWAV and other prominent people involved in developing the new campaign spoke at the event to an audience of foster care staff, foster carers media and many more. But the most inspiring speeches were from people with first hand experience of foster care: Tracy, a carer of 23 years and Youssif Assafiri who spent the majority of his teenage year in foster care. Youssif, now working for a foster care agency himself, echoed the admiration for the work that foster carers do and encouraged more people to make a difference in the lives of children in care. He says he wants not 1000 new carers, but 1001 new carers by the end of the year.

Other regional launches will be occurring throughout Victoria over the next few weeks as the campaign brings to focus the needs of 5000 children in care in Victoria.

You can read the media release as well as view the community service announcement and interviews with real carers at the new “Foster a Brighter Future” website.

NSW responds to the Wood Inquiry

March 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Around the Nation, Child Protection, Links | Leave a comment

NSW has responded to the lengthy Wood Inquiry published last year with this message on their website.

 The NSW Government has released its response to the recommendations made by the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW headed by Justice James Wood.

Keep them safe: a shared approach to child wellbeing sets out the Government’s action plan over the next five years to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in NSW. 

Its goal is that all children in NSW are healthy, happy and safe, and grow up belonging in families and communities where they have opportunities to reach their full potential.

Justice Wood’s report – handed down on 24 November 2008 – contained 111 recommendations aimed at strengthening government and community responsibility for child protection.

Keep them safe lays the foundations for better partnerships between government agencies and non-government organisations.

It addresses the underlying factors that affect abuse and neglect and will help families earlier so that they do not escalate into the statutory child protection system.

The action plan and new legislation has been developed in close consultation with all the agencies that work with vulnerable children and young people, including several advisory groups established to guide the development and implementation of the plan.

This paper also featured on ABC Life Matters with an interview with Linda Burney, NSW Minister for Community Services.

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