Children and Families

Because you Care

Registrations are now open for the launch of ‘Because You Care’ Free Online Training for Foster Carers

Wednesday 15th September at 1.00pm for 45 minutes

Join us for the official launch of ‘Because You Care’ free online training for foster carers during Foster Care Week, 12-18 September 2021.

Targeted towards foster carers, the training is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.

Hosted by Ben Corio from the STI Programs Unit, speakers will include Out Of Home Care(OOHC) Pathways Coordinator Anna Meaker,

Sexual Health Promotion officers Naomi Viret & Jason van Ritten from NSW Health & Megan Hall from YFoundations.


Children and Families


Child Youth & Family Support, Illawarra-Shoalhaven

FSA family support is operating as normal through COVID lockdown however most of the support in the Illawarra area is managed via phone or online however Nowra and Ulladulla workers have more options with providing support face to face.

CYFS carries case management responsibilities, which includes initial assessment, case planning support, monitoring, or making referrals on exit if more assistance is needed for the family.

  • The service model targets child, youth and family support – working with children 0-18yo
  • We work with low to medium risk.

This support model is generally a three month intervention period together with our other multi-disciplined services with continuity of care provided.

Through the FSA Early Intervention (EI) service stream we offer integrated in-home parenting programs not limited to Parents Under Pressure (PUP), Bringing Up Great KiDS(BUGK) and Healthy Relationships Group (HRG).

Please complete referral via our website

Additionally, please contact Brooke Askew, our CYFS Coordinator on 0455 422 604 or myself for any queries.  

Children and Families

The Life during COVID-19 survey ran from May 1 to June 9 2020 and had 7,306 participants from around Australia. It was the first survey in the Families in Australia Survey series.


Our aim was to understand how Australian families are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the greatest health, social and economic challenges in history.

… Felt like we got abandoned by work to sort out our own arrangements with little to no understanding of maintaining our productivity whilst having young children with us 24/7 …

Male, 45, lives in a major city, household with children

We focused on how families adjusted to the pandemic and the restrictions that were put in place; experienced the social and economic impacts of the pandemic; supported each other, even when they didn’t, or couldn’t, live together; protected their physical and mental health.

Launching the ‘official webinar program’ for National Child Protection Week 2020.

Please find the program schedule HERE to be shared with your communities.  

We would encourage everyone to join the Governor General as he launches the campaign on Monday 7th September.

This National Child Protection week we encourage all community members to engage with these inspiring speakers to learn more about how we can all Put Children First.   

A range of promotional materials are available for the broader campaign HERE