Advocacy

Always Heard Helpline for Children & Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 5th May 2020 by Beth Owen What is the Always Heard helpline? Always Heard is the national advocacy helpline and safety net for care experienced children and young people aged 0 up to 25 years old in England. The helpline is delivered by Coram Voice, a leading children’s rights organisation who champion the rights of young people. They get young voices heard in decisions that matter to them and work to improve the lives of children in care,…

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Single Mothers in Alliance calling for permanent raise to welfare payments – Single Mum, Parents Article

  Everyone has the right to a life free from poverty. Today the Treating Families Fairly Alliance welcomes the Senate Community Affairs References Committee report on the ‘Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia’. The report found that ‘the income support system is not meeting its objective of ensuring a minimum standard of living for working-age jobseekers as too many live in poverty’. Evidence reviewed by the Committee…

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Hope’s Door Emergency Shelters to Remain Open – Seeking Donations and Support — Dallas Single Mom – Single Mum, Parents Article

Editorial Note: Hope’s Door New Beginning Center provides emergency shelter services for women and children leaving abusive situations. Right now, there is an increase in domestic violence and abuse and the fear of the global health condition has amplified an already tense situation. They are seeking donations of cleaning supplies, food and financial support. If you need help, feel free to reach out ~ TBC From their release:Hope’s Door New Beginning Center is committed to the safety and well-being of…

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COVID 19 – Virginia Foster Care Policy Recommendations – Foster Parents Article

COVID 19 – Virginia Foster Care Policy Recommendations Posted: March 19th, 2020  –  By: Allison Gilbreath The Foster Care Policy Network is comprised of partners from across the Commonwealth who represent policy advocates, service providers, parents and caregivers, and—most especially—youth to identify key legislative opportunities to improve Virginia’s child welfare system. We have worked together over the last few days to develop a list of recommendations for a coordinated response to COVID-19. This page will be updated frequently with updates,…

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How The Story Of Your Past Is Not The Story Of Your Future – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email Our kids have come from hard places. And often, they can feel as if they’ll never get out from under the weight of those past storylines. But everything they’ve gone through in the past, does not define their future. Embo Tshimanga is living proof of this! As a youngster, Embo Tshimanga lived in over twenty-five different homes including six homeless shelters, group homes, two women’s shelters, cars, and five foster homes. The…

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Foster Care Budget Request: Send an Email to Legislators Now – Foster Parents Article

Foster Care Budget Request: Send an Email to Legislators Now Posted: February 28th, 2020  –  By: Allison Gilbreath The legislative session is winding down and right now budget negotiators (legislators who serve on Senate Finance and House Appropriations) are meeting to determine items in the final budget that will be presented to the Governor. We need your help letting key budget conferees know we need them to support several foster care proposals. Please copy and personalize the letter below and…

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Four ways you can take part in #schoolCOSTS day! – Single Mum, Parents Article

Tuesday 3 March 2020 is #schoolCOSTS Day – and is a great chance to lobby the Government to make education affordable for single mothers and other disadvantaged groups in our community. Public schooling in Victoria has a cost and too many families are struggling to cover them. Children are feeling left out and isolated, they are missing out. Every child has the right to education. When our young people have fair and equal access to educational opportunities, not only do they…

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Give every child the chance to thrive – Single Mum, Parents Article

We’re lobbying the Victorian Government to introduce a voucher-based scheme for extracurricular activities, so every child has the opportunity to engage in sport or music. You can help by signing our petition! Extracurricular activities taught Troy that football isn’t the only ‘sport’ out there – he discovered he’s good at hip hop. They taught Astrid perfect breaststroke technique; and they’re supposed to be teaching Tom and Bec keyboard skills, if only they would stop chatting and actually practice. Extracurricular activities…

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Family Preservation Versus Child Protection?  Gripping Polar Truths – Foster Parents Article

In the past two weeks alone, and in at least a dozen separate contexts, I’ve listened to leaders…heard friends…read emails…reviewed articles…all expressing deeply-felt convictions on seemingly opposite sides of a single issue. Often, it is framed as one value pitched in mortal combat with another:  family preservation and reunification on one side VERSUS foster care, adoption and other means of child protection on the other. There was a true beauty in so many of the things I heard.  Stories of…

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Thoughts On Adoption From A Transracial Adoptee – Foster Parents Article

| Share | Tweet | Pin It | email One of the greatest resources for us as adoptive and foster parents is adoptees, and adoptee’s voices. We are fortunate to partner with many adoptees from all ages and walks of life. We have learned so much from them, and will continue to do so. On the latest episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast we are pleased to welcome transracial adoptee and advocate, Tori DeMartile. Tori is a transracial adoptee on a…

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