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Quarter 3      July – Sept 2022


NAIDOC Week – 3rd to 10th July 2022

On Australia Day 1938, protesters marched through Sydney in which organisers called the Day of Mourning. Similar protests were held on the Sunday before Australia day up until 1955. The day became known as Aborigines Day. Eventually the date shifted to the first Sunday of July and the day became a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as well as a day of protest.

“NAIDOC is a week borne from a day of protest, a movement towards justice, equality, and freedom and human rights. It’s a week that celebrates and acknowledges our past, our present and looks with hope towards the future” says NAIDOC co-chair John Paul Janke.

NAIDOC 2022 is held from Sunday 3rd July to Sunday 10th July. This is the time for all Australians, indigenous & non-indigenous to acknowledge and celebrate the history & culture of it’s first nations people. This is a time for us all to recognise the achievements of the oldest living culture in the world.

The 2022 theme of Get up! Stand up! Show up! is calling to us to speak up to encourage & support change & to foster reconciliation

Queensland Charter of Rights for Parents.

The Charter of Rights for parents has been developed in partnership with the Family Inclusion Network of Queensland, the Queensland Parents’ Advisory Committee and the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.

 The Charter sets out the rights of parents involved in child protection matters. The Charter has recently been updates and if you would like a copy, please email

Importance of a Balanced Healthy Lunchbox


Kids are usually so active at school, and their little bodies
are growing at a rapid rate. It’s important to take care with what we pack in
our kids’ lunch box and to be sure that it’s filled with nutritious snacks and
food to keep them recharged for the afternoon. Packing a nutritious lunch can
help them concentrate better in class and gives them more energy to get through
the school day.

For more information:
One Week of Lunchbox Ideas for Kids – The Organised Housewife

Hope & Healing Training Introduction

The introduction to Hope and Healing (HHFC) is an online trauma informed training package that consists of 10 modules and will take each carer around 5 hours to complete. The sector has provided advice that all foster carers will need to complete this new training, regardless of your place in the fostering journey. This means existing carers will also need to complete the new mandatory training.

The planned roll out of this training will be as follows:

New carers with initial approval in 2022 will be expected to complete HHFC as part of their standard care training (training they complete in their first 12 months).

New carers with initial approval in 2021 can be approved for renewal and will have until the end of May 2023 to complete HHFC modules.

For all existing carers with an initial approval from 2020 or prior will have until end of May 2024 to complete the HHFC modules. 


little people with BIG dreams

Friday 22nd July is National Pyjama Day. National
Pyjama Day is all about wearing your favourite pair of PJ’s to help The Pyjama
Foundation raise much-needed awareness and funds for children and young people
in foster care. The money raised from National Pyjama Day will help ‘The Pyjama
Foundation’ offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational
resources and help provide stable, positive relationships.

The Foundations Care team will be donning their PJ’s this July so
watch our Facebook page to see what we get up to and how you can take part!

Foundations Care Advisory Group

We are still looking for past and current Foundations Care foster carers to join our Carer Advisory Group. Likewise, we are also looking for young people or adults who have experienced out-of-home care.

The purpose of the Carers Advisory Group is for our Foundations Care staff to work with you, the experts, to find out we can better support our carers and our children and young people in care.

 If you are interested in joining, please call 1300 395 005 or email

Fostering Growth Training

Fostering Growth specialises in training and assessments for foster and kinship carers, families, and workers. They provide professional services to increase knowledge, skills and competencies needed to support and care for children and young people in foster and kinship care or families working towards restoration.

How can Fostering Growth’s courses benefit you as a carer?

 – Assist to understand the emotional, social and cognitive impacts of trauma.
 – Learn how to recognise and respond to child abuse and neglect.
 – Information about therapeutic parenting models.
 – Help with being trauma informed.

If you would be interested learning more about Fostering Growth Training, please contact your Caseworker.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

In 2021 FDC committed to developing our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The purpose of a RAP is to enable organisations to sustainably and strategically take meaningful action to advance reconciliation.

Based around the core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities, RAPs provide tangible and substantive benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.

Start your foster care journey today

Our foster carers are everyday people like you. And with the support of our experienced team, you too can make a positive difference in a child or young person’s life.

Now’s the right time.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about becoming a foster carer for some time. Now is the time to act and make a real difference to the life of a child.

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What happens next?

1. One of our friendly staff will call you.
2. We’ll answer your questions and guide you through the applications process. Easy!
3. Friendly and jargon-free communications at all times.

Becoming a foster carer will be one the biggest achievements in your life, and make an amazing difference to the life of a child.