Samantha Hauge, CEO of the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) welcomed Agency, Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP), Department of Families Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCO) staff to a worker session in November. Read more...

Tessa and Deb began running the Caring Thru Art sessions from 3rd November and had 24 carers RSVP where we focused on offering Self-Care tools using a variety of art therapy mediums and self-care experiences such as mindfulness and meditation.Read more...

Tessa and Deb ran a very successful Carer Retreat at the beautiful RACV Goldfields in Creswick on 5th and 6th November, 2022 with 26 foster and kinship carers in attendance funded by Carer KaFÉ.Read more...

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is helping more Foster and Kinship carers get the support they need thanks to the new Care Support Help Desk.Read more...

The FCAV is interested in hearing from carers about the challenges they have faced getting a passport for the children in their care.Read more...

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The FCAV has advocated for the automatic eligibility of all children in care for Medicare Dental as part of the review by the Federal Health Department of the Dental Benefits Act 2008. The FCAV’s submission was lodged through the National Foster and Kinship Care Collective [and can be accessed here] in August 2022.Read more...

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As we look forward to Foster Care Week in September, we invited members to come forward and share what they valued most about being a foster carer; what support and services they recommend and their best tips for other foster carers. Thank you to the below foster carers who have allowed us a glimpse into their remarkable lives.  Read more...

Deb Collard was delighted to attend and talk about FCAV and self-care at the Life Without Barriers carer morning tea at the Dandenong office during #fostercareweek22. Deb joined a number of LWB carers and some of their young children, the Victorian Child, Youth & Families Director – Panos Massouris, other managers and team members for a carer celebration.Read more...

Help us to ensure that foster and kinship carers with young children get supported in emergencies Read more...

Paula White from Carer KaFÉ & Marie McLeod from ThriveAbility were delighted to have around 100 delegates come along to the How to Thrive Darwin conference presentation.  They were fortunate to have Lucy – a Permanent carer who completed the 8-week carer wellbeing program earlier this year – provide authenticity from having the courage to join them on stage and speak passionately about the positive changes in her life as a result of what she had learned from immersing herself in the BEACON framework for thriving (Belonging, Engagement, Accountability, Compassion, Optimism, Nurture).  There was a great deal of interest from delegates right across Australia enquiring about bringing this wellness program to their workplaces and carer groups. The next intake for How to Thrive is starting in November, so register your interest now with Carer KaFÉ. Read more...