The twelve Days of Positive Schools video series brings together some of Australia’s best loved education and mental health experts. Each presenter is a valued and highly respected members of the Positive Schools community. Each specially recorded presentation offers support, guidance and inspiration to educators and their families as we move forward in 2020 and beyond.Read more...

Officeworks giveaway!Read more...

Carers - it is important to note that due to amendments to the rules on cancellation and service provision over the COVID 19 pandemic period, in many circumstances it might be necessary to provide NDIS service providers up to 10 days notice of cancellation or pay 100% of the fee. There are many other amendments that might also impact a child/young person’s allocated funding and access to ongoing services. Read more...

Financial Support for Carers – FCAV AdvocacyRead more...

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that children in Victorian government schools will move to remote and flexible learning at the commencement of term 2, next Wednesday 15 April 2020.Read more...

In these times of escalating anxiety and the potential for deepened isolation our goal at the FCAV remains crystal clear; to connect, support and advocate for foster carers just as you continue to provide great care in exceptional circumstances.Read more...

Changes to learning and development opportunities for carersRead more...

Fostering Connections and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has worked with the sector including with the Foster Care Association of Victoria to devise this comprehensive toolkit for carers who are meeting the complex care needs of our children and young people in unprecendented circumstances.Read more...

The Department of Education has worked with state schools to make available a limited school holiday program for students who are children of essential services workers or who are vulnerable. They may include:Read more...

 Welcome to the last edition of the paper based FCAV newsletter. In one sense, it is the end of an era to cease production of this publication as a mailout to your letterbox. However, it has become a prohibitive cost for the organisation and we hope you’ll agree, sending you all the same quality news, updates, legislation changes, events and training and carer giveaways in our new E-news format will be a more carbon friendly approach. You will receive this every 2 months to the email address you’ve supplied to FCAV.Read more...

The COVID 19 outbreak has lead to a level of heightened vigilance in the community which, for carers, involves the extra responsibility of caring for children and young people as a foster carer.Read more...

Following our extensive and forthright advocacy across the sector about the failure to identify and register births of some children in care in a timely manner, the DHHS will be actively looking into and addressing the cases identified by FCAV where a birth registration has not been gained. In addition to taking action on the identified cases, we have met with the DHHS and advocated more broadly for widespread improvements to occur with Births, Deaths and Marriages to improve and streamline the birth registration process.  The DHHS has agreed to promote with staff the importance of registering births and to consider the systemic barriers that may delay or prevent birth registration. This is a major achievement to address systemic failure from the State for both the children and carers in exercising their human right to an identity. The FCAV welcomes the Department’s willingness to work with the FCAV to address carer’s concerns about this issue.If you are, despite working with your agency and the child’s case manager, facing barriers and lengthy delays in gaining a birth registration please get in touch with the FCAV with the following details so that your case can be follow up: • Name• Date of birth• Location• Court order (if known)• Agency (if relevant)Please email Rowan Pulford with an inquiry: r.pulford@fcav.org.au including the above information for the child/ren or young people in your care or ring Rowan on 03 9416 4292 (Wednesday or Thursday) if you wish to discuss your case further.Read more...