How to help foster children feel welcome in your home; a short guide

 

When you first welcome foster children into your home, it is important to make them feel at home to make the transition easy for them. They may feel abandoned or anxious due to their own family’s circumstances so make sure you don’t pry into their past if they’re not ready to talk, or criticise their parents.

A few things you can do are to reassure them, ask permission before you hug or touch them, and let them know they can call you by your first name. Introduce them to the rest of the family and any animals, and make sure they are comfortable around any pets. Take them on a tour of the house, show them their room and offer to help them unpack if they would like your help. Keep in mind, they may feel overwhelmed or withdrawn so may prefer some time to themselves. If so, respect their need for privacy but let them know you are there when they need you.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au

http://www.phoenixrising.org.au 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

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National Adoption Awareness Week highlights the positive impact that adoption can make

 

What’s happening?

National Adoption Awareness Week in 2017 was between the 12th and 18th of November. It promotes a week dedicated to promoting adoption as a way of giving children a safe, loving and secure home. The NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, says the week is a great chance to promote the positive role adoption plays in changing the lives of children. To this end, the NSW government has introduced a number of reforms to make adoption easier for children in out-of-home-care, investing $24 million over four years into making changes, particularly making it easier for foster children to be adopted by their foster carers.

“We want all children in NSW to have safety, permanency and a loving home for life. Open adoption can transform the lives of children. Our first priority is to work with families to keep them together, but in cases where this is not possible we must ensure children are given permanency as soon as possible.” – Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Family and Community Services

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au

http://www.phoenixrising.org.au 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

What to expect when a foster care placement begins; a short guide

 

If you’ve just become a foster parent and you’re waiting for your foster child to arrive, here are a few things to make sure you have sorted before they arrive.

From your caseworker, you should have all the information you may need about the child, their story, their length of stay, and any training or support options available to you. This information will also include a confirmation of placement, a copy of the child’s case plan, a copy of the final court orders for the child or information about the status of any court proceedings and all other relevant reports.

The child will have with them some information about your home and family, your household routines and rules and any important contact numbers. They may have some personal items as well, but just in case they aren’t prepared, you can make sure they have a toothbrush, pyjamas, a night light and some age-appropriate toys and books.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au

http://www.phoenixrising.org.au 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

 

Adoption rates are at an all-time high in NSW

 

What’s happening?

Due to radical changes in NSW’s laws, children are now being adopted at a much higher rate. In the last year, there were a record 127 adoptions in NSW of children who had been living in foster care, up from just 67 the year before. This shows an increase of 90 per cent and it is credited as being a result of the creation of the ­Adoptions Taskforce by the ­Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

NSW Minister for FACS Pru Goward said NSW was leading the nation in adoptions from out-of-home care. “We hope to see a change in attitude towards adoption — one where the community understands that open adoption can provide a safe and loving home for life.” – Ms Goward.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au

http://www.phoenixrising.org.au 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

 

The NSW adoption process now makes it easier to adopt fostered children

 

What’s happening?

In NSW, changes to the law are making it easier to adopt foster kids. The department for Famliy and Community Services has been instructed to finalise foster child adoptions within two years, more than half of the current wait time. Adoptions are being fast-tracked so that case workers no longer have to spend years trying to get consent from birth parents who are difficult to find, despite the fact that they are meant to keeps FACS informed of their whereabouts. Consent will also no longer be needed from birth parents who are in jail from an offence against the child. Parents who refuse to comply with their parental duties will also lose the right to block an adoption. Included in the changes, a parents’ right to be advised of an adoption can be limited if the child is over the age of 12 and has agreed to the adoption.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

What can you do?

With around 36,000 children in Australia living in foster care / out-of-home care, the need to recruit quality and dedicated foster carers has never been greater. Whatever your reason and motivation to join the PRFC team as a foster carer, you can be certain that this is a great opportunity to do something worthwhile for a child or young person in care.

PRFC accepts potential foster carers from varied backgrounds.  They may be single, married, in a same-sex relationship, living on a farm or in a city apartment, working, studying, unemployed or in paid work etc.  We accept applications from potential foster carers from age 21 years.

Providing foster care is a rewarding activity for many families.  We recognise the successful placement of children and young people requires particular skills including a team approach, quality and timely casework and support and care to the foster care family.

If you would like to be a valued member of our Care Team, and to work with us to provide a nurturing placement for a child / young person we’d love to hear from you.

PRFC provides care to children across the greater Sydney metropolitan and Central Coast areas.

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: care@phoenixrising.org.au

http://www.phoenixrising.org.au 

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

 

 

 

 

Join with Oxfam to help Sri Lankans overcome extreme drought

 

What’s happening?

In Eastern Sri Lanka, rice crops are the only source of income for farmers. This climate-sensitive crop relies on the availability of water and sunshine, but natural disasters such as floods and droughts regularly damage or destroy the rice harvest. This year 1.2 million Sri Lankans are suffering extreme drought, and farmer communities are the worst affected.

While the government has introduced crop insurance for rice farmers, just 2% of farmers have obtained insurance due to the lengthy and complicated procedures required to register for and benefit from the insurance. To address this challenge, Oxfam has partnered with Sanasa, a private sector insurance provider, to design an innovative Weather Index Insurance scheme which allows farmers to insure their crops against the amount of rainfall.

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam are a global movement of people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Oxfam’s ultimate vision is a just world without poverty. A world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities. A world in which everyone is treated equally. They work with partners and communities to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Oxfam sees a future in which no one lives in poverty. Join their movement for change and help people help themselves in the fight against poverty.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

With our help, in 2016 Oxfam supported 500 farmers to obtain insurance for the Yala rice season which falls between May and August. Due to dry weather and lack of rain in May 2016 each farmer received compensation of LKR. 4,400 (AUD $36), making it easier to bounce back.

Oxfam and partners are working together to further develop the Weather Index Insurance for more complicated disaster scenarios in order to offer this affordable and practical product to even more farmers. Join with them to help in this effort;

https://www.oxfam.org.au/2017/09/wed-like-to-dedicate-this-one-to-you/?utm_source=OAU&utm_medium=Homepageblock&utm_content=srilankaaward

 

Join with Amnesty International to stop the torture of human rights defenders in Bahrain

 

What’s happening?

The Bahraini authorities have started rounding up people that stick up for the rights of others in Bahrain, torturing and sexually assaulting them. Nabeel Rajab is one of those brave people speaking up. He’s been in detention for over one year and been kept for nine and a half months in solitary confinement, which amounts to torture. He was sentenced to two years in prison for giving TV interviews on 10 July. He’s also on trial right now for tweeting about alleged torture in a Bahraini prison and for criticizing the killing of civilians in the Yemen conflict. He further faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Ebtisam al-Saegh is another brave person who speaks out for human rights in Bahrain. She was tortured, including by sexual assault, by members of the Bahraini National Security Agency on 26 May because of her work. She was arrested again on 3 July and there’s a high risk that she will be tortured again.

This kind of treatment has, of course, intimidated human rights defenders in Bahrain – and silenced many of them. It’s another risk for these brave people to face along with the usual threats, travel bans, interrogation and charges for participating in “illegal gatherings”.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Act now and stop the Bahraini authorities torturing and ill treating, detainees, and harassing and intimidating the brave people that speak out for human rights in Bahrain.

Your email will be sent to the the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Issa Al Khalifa via the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/stop-the-torture-of-human-rights-defenders-in-bahrain/

 

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