Babies and Young Children in the Black Summer (BiBS) Study

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

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Did you know that Australia has better emergency planning for pets than children? It’s true, and the ability to properly plan for children is hampered by a lack of research on what emergencies are like for families and what helps and hampers them in disasters.  The Babies and Young Children in the Black Summer (BiBS) Study aims to transform Australia’s emergency response to the caregivers of young children by developing an evidence base to enable proper planning.  


Were you caring for child 0-4 years and were affected by bushfires anytime in 2019-20, including as a foster or kinship carer? If so, you may be eligible to be a part of this research.  


Participation in the study involves completion of an anonymous online survey which should take about 30-40 minutes if you are a caregiver and 20-30 minutes if you are an emergency responder.  


We really want to hear from foster and kinship carers so that we can help foster care agencies to do a better job of supporting carers and their children. 


The study and more information about it can be found at 

The study Facebook page is at 


Please consider being a part of this research. 

This research is part of the Community Protection for Infants and Young Children in Bushfires Project which is being undertaken by the Australian Breastfeeding Association and has received funding from the Australian Government. The research has ethics approval from Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number H15019. 


For further information please contact Dr Karleen Gribble