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

 

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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

 

The new program to give children in foster care a better chance of finding their forever home

 

The NSW Government has introduced a new program called My Forever Family to help give vulnerable children in foster care homes a better chance at finding a ‘forever home’. My Forever Family was introduced by Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward and aims to halve the time it takes to find children a permanent home by matching children in out-of-home care with families that best meet their needs.

“The program is focused on children having a family for life, not just until they are 18. We want all children to have permanency within two years of coming into contact with us, rather than languishing in care for years on end. A better experience for carers, through a number of supports and tailored training, will ultimately improve the life outcomes for children who have already faced challenges in their early life. ” – Ms Pru Goward.

The program will be delivered by not-for-profit provider Adopt Change, the program will match kids with authorised carers who can support restoration with a child’s birth family, prospective guardians or adoptive parents. There will also be a recruitment strategy for Aboriginal people included in the service, to ensure children stay connected to their families and community.

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 contact between foster children and their birth families; a short guide

 

Often, it can be a great benefit for foster children to have contact with their parents and other family members, as having continuity in their relationships helps foster children feel safe and loved., and these include relationships with foster families, friends, role models and their birth families. Keeping in touch with their family might help foster children to maintain healthy relationships with their families, build a sense of identity, security and stability, develop resilience, and it will also help them in the future, in preparing children for being reunited with their birth families. Contact can also be very important in helping children develop their sense of identity and understand their lives, and there is also research that suggests maintaining links between a child and their families increases the possibility of them returning to their family home.

Maintaining this contact may be challenging, stressful or emotionally complex, for yourself and the foster children, but it is important to make the effort for the sake of the foster children. To ensure things go smoothly, you can be supportive of these interactions and encourage meetings between foster children and their families. If you need any help, you can always ask the foster care agency you work with for help, support or training in this area, and they will be able to provide guidance.

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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