Our objective is to see all children receive the care they deserve, and all carers receive the support and training they need.
We care for those who care for children.
We’re a government-funded program, operated by Adopt Change, in collaboration with Professor Paul Chandler (University of Wollongong) and Continuum Consulting.
Our program was established to:
- recruit carers of all kinds for children in out-of-home care, including foster carers (respite, emergency, restoration, short-term and long term), kinship carers, guardians and adoptive parents
- provide extra training for carers across the state on topics that will support them in the important role of caring for children
- support carer support groups and mentor programs
- provide support for carers via our phone support line and online
- provide advocacy at a systemic level, as well as individual advocacy as required
- work closely with the sector to support collaboration for better outcomes for children in care.
Adopt Change is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to support and educate families and communities in caring for displaced children (including those in foster care or orphaned) to achieve our vision of a world where all children grow, learn, play and thrive in a safe, nurturing and stable environment. We provide support resources, training, education and programs to work towards achieving this goal.
Adopt Change recognises the impacts of impermanency and trauma and we support families through workshops and online resources; research; pre- and post-permanency supports; trauma informed supports; information and community events; as well as working with governments, departments and the sector to address issues surrounding stability for children.
Operating the My Forever Family NSW program has enabled Adopt Change to support more families and children in achieving stability and better life outcomes through trauma-informed care.
Professor Paul Chandler
Based out of the University of Wollongong, Early Start is a unique combination of community outreach, education and research initiative, brought together under one roof with the aim of helping children realise their potential and live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Professor Paul Chandler is Foundation Director and the key leader who took Early Start from concept to reality. He is an active member on the Early Start Advisory Committee and leads the integration of inclusion and outreach within Early Start in his role as Pro-Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Outreach.
Early Start partners with 41 early childhood education and care centres in regional, rural and remote areas. Early Start works with a variety of community groups and provides evidence-based professional development, helping to build knowledge, skills and leadership for people in the early years environment.
Continuum Consulting provides quality facilitation, consultation, supervision, assessments, policy writing and therapeutic and training services in the continuum of care from child protection through to adoption.