Improving attachment; the importance of building secure child-parent connections

 

The connection between a child and a parent is crucial during the first few years of a child’s life. When children experience secure attachment, through sensitive and appropriate parenting, they are more likely to grow up to make the most out of all opportunities. Conversely, children who don’t experience this attachment, be it through maltreatment or other reasons, may end up with significant emotional and mental health difficulties later on.

Attachment refers to a child’s emotional connection to an adult caregiver and is primarily formed in the child’s first year of life through the daily routines of parenting. The quality of this attachment has a great effect on the psychological development of the child – even if there is no overt abuse, there is still a great impact on the child’s development and well-being if the parent/s are poor caregivers.

Secure attachments allow children to grow into healthy adults, capable of forming quality relationships and have empathy for others.

“Secure attachment, which is built up by everyday sensitive and appropriately responsive parenting, means a child will be more likely to grow up in a way that will enable them to make the most of their life’s opportunities. On the other hand, very insecure attachment, which often is a marker for maltreatment, puts the child at a greatly increased risk for exhibiting a range of antisocial behaviour, as well as significant emotional and mental health difficulties in later life.”

– Robin Balbernie, child psychotherapist

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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The importance of supervised contact in family disputes and how/why it can help

 

When relationships breakdown and the courts get involved in family disputes, often what happens is that parents are required to spend time with their children only under supervision. This can occur is situations where there are allegations of family violence or drug and alcohol concerns, mental health issues, or if the relationship between a parent and a child is damaged or non-existent, or also if one parent is concerned about the other’s parenting capacity.

In these situations, a court will put protective measures in place for the safety of the child, such as supervised contact. There are different types of supervised contact, including that a father spends time with a child at the paternal grandparents’ house, that a mother spend time with a child in the presence of a trusted friend or relative, or that either parent spends time with a child at a supervised contact centre.

Supervised contact can help the person making the allegation against the other parent in such a case where the other parent does not attend or engage in the supervised contact. This can then be used as evidence in the family dispute. There are also benefits for the parent subject to the allegation, in that they are able to maintain a relationship with their child while the allegations are dealt with.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Attorney-General Christian Porter announces sweeping changes to family court

 

The Attorney-General, Christian Porter, has decided to combine the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court as part of sweeping changes to the financially and emotionally crippling family law system. The changes will come into effect from the beginning of 2019, and hope to speed up the process of settling family disputes. The Family Court currently hears family law cases involving complex financial arrangements, trusts, serious parenting arguments, allegations of child abuse in custody arrangements and protracted family disputes, and the Federal Circuit Court deals with the rest.

“We have two parallel courts, different rules, forms, procedures, individuals who are in the system get bounced around like Family Law footballs from one court to the other — terrible outcomes for them. They wait too long and that just makes life worse in these very difficult circumstances.” – Attorney-General Christian Porter.

Around 22,000 cases are filed across the two courts each year, and the Attorney-General had said that delays in the family law system meant most cases were taking almost a year and a half just to reach trial. It is hoped that the merger of the two courts could result in an extra 8,000 cases being resolved each year, and the merger is warranted in that there is already significant crossover between the two courts.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

The importance of maintaining family contact for foster children

 

When children are separated from their birth parents and family and sent to live with a foster carer, it is important that they maintain some contact with their birth family. It can help a child maintain their sense of identity and come to terms with what has happened to them. They often worry about their birth family and maintaining contact with their family can help reassure them by letting them see that their parents and siblings are all right. Contact also plays a role in the assessment of whether returning home will be safe for them. The main positives behind maintaining contact with their birth family are; that it’s important for children’s emotional and psychological wellbeing and their sense of identity, culture and long term attachments; improved psychosocial wellbeing of the child; helps the child resolve issues of loss and trauma; and increases the likelihood of restoration.

Birth family involvement can help children’s adjustment and help birth parents strengthen their own parenting skills. This is also an opportunity for foster care workers to support children and birth parents to build stronger, more positive relationships, enhancing the chances of returning the child to them. Children and young people have said that continued contact with their families has a positive impact on how they see themselves and their sense of self-value and identity.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

 

More carers are urgently needed around New South Wales

 

Currently, within the Hunter region, there are 16 children living in crisis motel accommodation due to a “desperate shortage” of foster carers across New England, the Hunter and the Central Coast. Whenever there is a lack of carers, these children, who are unable to live with their parents due to concerns for their safety and well-being, have to be placed in motel accommodation, being looked after by a roster of caseworkers, while they wait to be placed with emergency foster carers.

There are more than 10,000 children living in out-of-home care across the Hunter region and they are in desperate need of more carers to take on the role of emergency respite care, so children don’t have to live in motel accommodation.

“Being in a hotel environment doesn’t provide continuity and stability, no matter how good the staff are, and no matter how well-intentioned the service is that is with him. A family home is where you find stability, continuity and routine. It’s a sad situation when you have a nine-year-old boy, or a three or five-year-old boy or girl living in a motel who can’t find a home, or can’t find someone who wants to give them a home, in a community like the Hunter – a community that rallies around each other.” – George Christensen, the director of Hunter-Manning CatholicCare Social Services

While foster care can be challenging for carers, and young people, providing love and support to help a child of any age – or ability – reach their full potential can be incredibly rewarding for carers.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

NSW Government to give a much-needed funding boost to out-of-home care adoption

 

The NSW Government is going to almost double the number of permanent homes it finds for foster children, setting a target to have 1000 adoptions in NSW within four years. In 2016-17, there were 129 adoptions from out-of-home care but the government wants to increase this to 250 a year. A taskforce developed in 2016 has also been able to slash adoption processing times to under 12 months in some cases, compared with the previous average timeframe of five years. The budget will also include $17 million for increasing out-of-home care adoptions as well as $59 million for an additional 100 workers for the child protection system. The extra funding in this year’s budget for front line staff will see 78 more caseworkers as well as 10 casework support workers and 12 casework managers over the next two years.

“The additional funding means there will be more caseworkers on the frontline to work with families whose children are at risk of significant harm. We want the best for our children and where they are not safe within their family, we want them to find that safety and lifelong home with an adoptive family.” – Community Services Minister, Pru Goward.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Australians call for more recognition of kinship carers

 

Sometimes, in an emergency situation, parents are unable to care for their children, and this is when the job of carer often falls to other family members – grandparents, aunties and uncles, brothers and sisters. These avenues are looked into for out-of-home care placement as the first option, before other placement options are pursued, mainly because placing children with their family members or someone they know is in the best interests of the child.

With that in mind, many Australians are calling on the rights of Kinship carers to be better recognised as well as additional support to be offered. Kinship carers often have not been given time to plan, nor prepare for months or years in advance to foster a child at risk of harm. They just step up and assume the role when required.

On May 31, the Australian Kinship Carers group are attending Parliament House to bring attention to the government of Australia as well as the general public, of the number of children in out of home care namely kinship care and the need for support for the carers of these children.

“We want to make May 31 unofficially ‘Kinship Carers Day’ and show the government that we are here, we will not be silenced and we are united in our fight to save the next generation from bureaucratic incompetence and apathy.” – Sue Erben, Kinship Carer advocate

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. 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.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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