Events Listing

For more information about any of the following events call 1300 889 335

Foster Care Information Night – Montrose
Japara Neighbourhood House, 13 Leith Road, Montrose
February 22nd 2011, beginning at 7:30 pm

Foster Care Information Night – Mooroolbark
Mooroolbark Community Centre, Brice Avenue, Mooroolbark
February 24th 2011, beginning at 7:30 pm

Foster Care Information Night- Croydon
Anglicare Victoria Croydon, 22 Croydon Rd, Croydon
March 24th 2010, beginning at 7:30pm

Foster Care Information Night- Nunawading
Whitehorse Civic Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
May 3rd 2011, beginning at 7:30pm

Foster Care Information Night- Surrey Hills
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre, 157 Union Rd, Surrey Hills
May 5th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm

Foster Care Information Night- Mount Waverley
Mt Waverley Youth Centre, 45 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley
July 26th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm

Foster Care Information Night- Mulgrave
Mulgrave Neighbourhood House, 36-42 Mackie Rd, Mulgrave
July 28th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm 

Foster Care Information Night- Lilydale
Anglicare Victoria Lilydale, 47-51 Castella St, Lilydale
August 9th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm 

Foster Care Information Night- Ringwood
Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Drive, Ringwood
Octover 18th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm 

Foster Care Information Night- Warrandyte
Warrandyte Community Centre, 168-178 Yarra Street, Warrandyte
October 20th 2011, beginning at 7:30pm 

Foster Care Information Night- Box Hill
Anglicare Victoria Box Hill, 7-11 Shipley Street, Box Hill
November 22nd 2011, beginning at 7:30pm 

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  5. We’re spreading the word worldwide about this fabulous new publication for advocates, foster/adoptive families, mentors and teachers. Collectively, we will make canges and save lives.
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    “Foster Parent Challenges Law Makers to Morally Meet the Needs of Foster Children.”

    (Culver City, California-October 30, 2008)–Katherine Womack is pleased to announce the release of two publications, one of which will be the first to unite a cohort of caregivers, in an effort to bridge the gap between bureaucracy and morality. We Are Family magazine’s emphasis “Foster and Adoptive Parents, Caregivers, their children—HOPE, is coined as the threshold towards change by Womack who feels that the children’s dependency system’s improper protocol, low compensation, and a lack of support overall (for foster parents) has in many ways contributed to the significant decline in quality foster family homes. “Naturally, there are changes needing to be made at higher levels and there are wonderful organizations fighting on our behalf. However, we (foster parents) are independent, charitable operatives unselfishly opening our homes and hearts to children in need. This is not a gripe, we should be treated as such,” she says.

    Womack, 36, Founder/Publisher, single foster parent of three children and an adoptive parent of two, mentored teen girls prior to becoming a foster parent. She is determined to curtail her negative experiences as a foster parent by rallying with caregivers, mentors and social workers. She hopes to create a support system that will help heal their pangs and start anew. “We are underappreciated and misrepresented. Foster youth are our children; we’re the root. If we’re mistreated, or are unhappy, how are we expected to successfully parent a damaged child?” Womack adds “We’re heavily governed under the ‘Child Welfare Act’. “Without us, the domino effect, could negatively impact our system as a whole.” Thousands of children would be displaced throughout the U.S.

    We Are Family magazine will be published bi-monthly and independently distributed beginning December 1, 2008. The publication will have an extensive editorial agenda including topics on surrogacy, mentorship and how to care for ill or disabled children. Womack also plans to launch an interactive site that will provide continuous support for aged-out foster youth, tutorials to assist caregivers when helping teens to prepare for independent living and much more. Readers can expect to see celebrity covers and the publisher vows to help children find permanent homes. She believes that unity is key. “We aren’t properly educated about the facts prior to providing this type of service. I was educated and inspired by wonderful foster parents during adolescence. I’m eager to uplift, encourage and possibly recruit others regardless of the benefits in the interim,” she says. Womack’s other publication Millennium Sport—Move, Sweat, Eat—LIVE, is a woman’s sports, health

    and lifestyle magazine. “Just call me a busy bee with lots to say. I’m excited about the prospect of both publications.” She adds “Long gone are the days when we (women) will feel the intimidation of perfect health, fitness—and society. I’m teaching my daughters to love their skin from within and embrace their curves; double-zero (the size), is the minority. We’re the majority and we rule!”

    Contact Info:
    Twiggy Izeppi
    P.O. Box 306
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (206) 306-4040

  6. A Call for Muslim foster carers
    Muslims all over Melbourne are being called upon to become foster carers. More than 100 Muslim children require foster care in Victoria every year but less than 5 Muslim families are registered, according to estimates by Daar Aasya.
    Daar Aasya is a program run by Mercy Mission, a Muslim community development organisation, and is primarily aimed at increasing the number of Muslim foster carers.
    “We are concerned that although there is a significant Muslim population in Victoria, there is currently an under-representation of Muslim foster carers available for children who may need care outside of their own family environment” said the Daar Aasya program manager, Mr Mohamed M. Elmasri.
    Children may be referred to foster care for reasons such as a parents’ illness or hospitalisation, a family crisis due to finance, death, breakup, or because they have been removed from their family by DHS due to abuse or neglect.
    “When any child has to be away from their family for a time, to minimise the trauma of the move it’s important that we can provide as familiar an environment as possible”
    “For children from Muslim families, this may include speaking the same language, understanding their normal household routines and eating similar food”
    “With children who are away from home on a longer term basis, foster care agencies try to ensure the children maintain contact with family, but it is also very important they do not lose touch with their family’s language, religion, culture and community to which we hope they will eventually return”, continued Mr Elmasri.
    Daar Aasya, in partnership Oz Child in the South East of Melbourne is holding an Information Session on December 21 for the Muslim community at the Lysterfield Isomer Mosque.
    “We are hoping to train around five Muslim foster families who will be able to care for foster children either short or long term”, said Mr Elmasri.
    Speakers at the Information Session will include Mr Mohamed M Elmasri and Mr Yousif Assafiri from Mercy Mission, along with Oz Child staff and foster carers from the Dandenong area.
    Mr Assafiri is a young Muslim man who has lived in foster care during his youth and will speak about his experiences and the importance of maintaining a link for young people with their religion and culture.
    Please RSVP for this public information session:
    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 or on 0413-127-595.

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  11. New Model of Foster Care (Circle Program)

    What are the aims of the Circle program?
    The Circle program is an innovative approach to supporting children in care. It aims to increase the likelihood of children in Home Based Care receiving the very best care that meets their specific needs.

    The emphasis is always “What does this child need to grow, to learn and to heal and to create for them a nurturing, safe, stable and secure home?”

    It coordinates carers and specialist services to work together to help children in Home Based Care recover from hurtful experiences, abuse and neglect.

    What does it involve?
    It includes:
    • A comprehensive assessment of all children and their situations to enable greater understanding of the child’s needs from the commencement of placement.

    • Giving agencies and carers resources and supports needed to comprehensively focus upon the individual care requirements of each child.

    • Using the children’s relationship with their carer, and the care provided, as the primary vehicle through which healing can occur.

    • The provision of active, planned and regular support from workers and dedicated therapeutic specialists as members of every child’s care team, working alongside carers.

    How does it work?
    Children and young people participating in the Circle Program will be randomly allocated from children entering care.

    Carers will play a central role in care teams, as the source of information about the child’s day-to-day experiences and behaviour. They will draw on the workers’ skills and expertise to better understand and respond to the sometimes complex needs of children they care for.

    Active support is provided to involve the child’s family, to maintain and improve the relationship between child and parent.

    Extra support is also provided in other areas of the child’s life such as school, childcare and recreation. Each child’s and carer’s base of support will be broadened through the provision of a support network Including babysitting, outings, or tutoring.

    This increased level of support will assist with placement stability, and the development of an optimal relationship between the carer and child.

    What do carers say about the benefits of the Circle program?
    Quoting one Circle carer: “The therapeutic model has revolutionized my way of caring for, and relating to foster children. The training was probably the most valuable and effective I have done, and the support from the professional care team is a great source of practical strategies, information and suggestions.” (Dorothy, Anglicare Broadmeadows).

    For more information on the program or how to become a Circle carer contact –
    Amy Hill (Anglicare Broadmeadows) via email:

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