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A statement from Kinship Carers Victoria about the Victorian State budget

Thursday, 25 May 2023 It is no surprise to kinship carers that once again the acute needs and wounds they are afflicted with have been dressed with a few flimsy band aides. Not surprising because kinship carers are used to the neglect and abuse – but oh so distressing, and confirmation about the priorities of [...]

Help Make the NDIS Better for Children in OOHC

A consultation – help make the NDIS better Online Zoom session – Bookings are essential Book your spot today – a $100 voucher for attending the session. Foster carers, kinship carers, grandparents, permanent carers and adoptive parents have unique insight into how the NDIS is supporting children with disability. We want to hear from [...]

International Day of Families – 15 May 2023

The UN's 2023 International Day of Families observance is to raise awareness of the impact of demographic trends on families. The event will include: Launch of the Background Paper on “The Impact of Demographic Trends on Families” Presentation of the World Social Report 2023 “Leaving No One Behind in an Ageing World” Presentation on intergenerational [...]

Raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12 – A statement from GPV/KCV

Thursday, 27 April 2023 GPV/KCV welcomes the decision made by the Victorian Cabinet on Monday to lift the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12. As GPV/KCV has campaigned for this issue for some time, we are disappointed with the mystifying decision to wait another few years before lifting the age limit to 14. [...]

It’s that time of year again – Budget time!

A statement from Anne McLeish, Director Kinship Carers Victoria Wednesday, 19 April 2023 As we approach each and every budget, vulnerable families, particularly kinship families, hope against all hope that this will be the budget that brings them some relief. They have always been disappointed. Kinship families provide well over 70% of the care for […]

Victorian child protection cases to consider past Aboriginal mistreatment

From an article by Benita Kolovos, originally published in the online Guardian on 21.2.23 Victorian judges and child protection workers will be required to consider past mistreatment of Aboriginal families in their dealings with cases involving Indigenous children, under a bill introduced to parliament. Under the law, organisations such as the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care […]

Family law overhaul to make system more inclusive of children and kinship carers

From an article Matthew Doran, originally published in the online ABC on 30.1.23 The federal government has announced its plan to change the family law system, with an aim to place greater emphasis on the interests of children in parental disputes. Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said courts and judges would be presented with six principles to […]

Indigenous leader calls for immediate changes to state’s child protection and justice systems

From an article by Adeshola Ore, originally published in the online Guardian on 13.12.22 Geraldine Atkinson, co-chair of Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly, has called for urgent reform of the state’s child protection and criminal justice systems. Atkinson appeared at the Yoorrook Justice Commission on Tuesday morning, after the premier, Daniel Andrews, last week promised to […]

Care Support Help Desk – Fact Sheet

Issue #265 of The Kinship Carer newsletter

A Message for Kinship Carers from Anne Mcleish

Director, Kinship Carers Victoria Here is a message for Kinship Carers from Anne Mcleish, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria. It’s our chance to raise awareness of the incredible role kinship carers play in children’s lives and communities across Victoria. Join us in celebrating the important role Kinship Carers and the workforce play in our community. [...]