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, Early Start (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 peer-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 believes that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, nurturing and stable family home, and that families need the appropriate support for children to thrive.
Adopt Change works to raise community awareness of the importance of meeting these rights for children. We advocate for reform and to empower Australians to work towards all children having positive life outcomes.
We support birth families to build their parenting capacity so that vulnerable children are able to remain at home where possible. When that is not possible or safe, we find other permanent options.
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 . We are proud to support our community in providing care and support for children.
Professor Paul Chandler and Early Start
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.
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.
Early Start partners with 41 early childhood education and care centres in regional, rural and remote areas. We work with a variety of community groups and provide evidence-based professional development, helping to build knowledge, skills and leadership for people in the early years environment.
Continuum Consulting provide quality facilitation, consultation, supervision, assessments, policy writing and therapeutic and training services in the continuum of care from child protection through to adoption.