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09 October 2018

5 steps to becoming a foster carer

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision. But it’s likely to be one of the best things you ever do. Although it can be challenging at times, caring for a child or young person in need is hugely rewarding and can...

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12 September 2018

Do you have what it takes to be a foster carer?

With images of global crises filling our TV screens, you may be surprised to learn that on our own doorstep in NSW there are 20,000 children at risk and in need of out-of-home care. These are children who have...

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06 September 2018

Giving young talent a start

Over 30 children have taken refuge over the past three decades in Shaun* and Jane’s* home. Some have been brought in the middle of the night escaping from a domestic emergency, others have stayed for a short time and...

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24 August 2018

Managing behaviour of concern: breaking the conflict cycle

Children who are exposed to abuse and neglect, or who witness distressing scenes such as domestic violence, can find it difficult to trust or relate to others in a healthy way. They may find it difficult to manage...

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08 August 2018

Foster love: a critical link

At age 13, Ella* was living with her mum who was struggling to overcome alcohol abuse issues. Her dad, now living in Queensland, had similar issues. Both parents wanted to keep Ella. But Ella needed somewhere to stay...

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27 July 2018

A helping hand for a traumatised child

Stella* was a little girl facing multiple psychological and physical challenges, and an uncertain future. When they put up their hands to help, foster carers Liz and Harry knew they were not signing up for an easy...

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09 July 2018

The power of predictability

When a child or young person experiences trauma, their world is thrown into chaos; nothing is predictable and life can feel out of control. They may have witnessed domestic violence and other distressing scenes, or...

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19 June 2018

Out of control: creating a calm home environment for troubled children

A child or young person who has experienced trauma may be anxious or stressed and behave in unpredictable ways. They may suddenly get angry at you or the family pet, break or throw toys or damage things around them....

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06 June 2018

Giving hope in the face of a bleak future

Daniel* was a healthy, happy baby full of life when suddenly everything changed. Rushed to hospital with multiple injuries at 3 months old, Daniel’s great aunty and uncle, Lesley and Steve, still don’t know exactly...

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