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17 October 2020

Becoming a foster carer: How It Works

If you’re about to embark on the process of becoming an approved foster carer, you might be feeling nervous about your first contact with a Carer Compliance Officer. In reality, it’s not as daunting as it may seem.

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01 October 2020

A leap of faith: becoming a foster carer

Taking the first step on the journey to becoming a foster carer can feel daunting. You probably have a million questions: ‘Am I too old? Do I need to have experience with children? Is my home suitable? Do I have to...

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18 September 2020

Opening their homes: giving children in need a future

When a newborn comes into the world dependent on methamphetamines, they need a very special kind of care. So, when baby Melissa* was referred to Challenge Community Services for out of home care, we contacted our...

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09 September 2020

She overcame domestic violence trauma to regain care of children

Domestic violence. Drugs. Alcohol. Psychological and physical trauma.

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28 August 2020

Our happy place: a house filled with children

Growing up in England and visiting her uncle who lived in a 10 bedroom home full of children needing refuge, Mary knew from a young age she would one day follow in his footsteps. Mary still has strong memories of...

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14 August 2020

A place to call home

Having a family was always part of Orla’s life plan. Growing up, it never occurred to her that circumstance would take her down a less conventional path. Sometimes surprising, often challenging and at times...

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05 August 2020

Staying strong: a little self-care goes a long way

Foster carers are quick to tell you that caring for a child in need is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. But being a foster carer also brings challenges. Many children in care have experienced abuse...

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20 July 2020

Room for one more

“My house” says 6-year-old Ryan as the Davidson family pulls into their 5-acre Central Coast block. Hearing those words was a wonderful moment for foster carers Rosanna and Colin, especially as this sense of...

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22 June 2020

Hunter's vulnerable children doing it tough

There are vulnerable children in the Hunter region doing it tough. Really tough. Through no fault of their own, these children are unable to live with their parents. Due to a desperate shortage of foster families,...

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22 May 2020

Tech Talk: Helping teens stay safe on social media

In Part 2 of our Tech Talk series, find out how you can help teens protect their privacy and stay safe on social media. While our series focuses on teenagers, the general safety principles in this article apply to...

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