Early intervention key to caring for children
Lutheran Community Care welcomes the opportunities which the Royal Commission recommendations can bring to enable the South Australian community to become a place where children are safe, nurtured and cherished..
As a community we are very concerned by the high number of children in out-of-home care in South Australia, recently reported as 3,234 children by Families SA. Of those 190 are living in commercial care.
Lutheran Community Care's Foster Care team supports 105 registered foster carers who care for 121 children unable to live with their birth families. Our foster carers provide loving homes for children who have often lived with neglect or abuse. We hope to continue to increase the number of carers so that children can grow up with families rather than in commercial care.
We also believe that early-intervention is key to preventing an increase in the alarming number of children in out-of-home care. At Lutheran Community Care we do this throughout our family programs by building on the strengths of families and supporting children's development to ensure they are healthy and safe.
At the Family Zone Hub in Ingle Farm we support families before the parent-child relationship reaches crisis stage. We offer parents with young children a place to come and connect with community. It is a place where families can receive support in the tough times and celebrate with their children when things are going well.
Unfortunately due to funding cuts Family Zone is a place that needs your support in order to prevent the crises that our overburdened child protection system is now experiencing. We hope that the recommendations of the Royal Commission will put further resources into where it can make the greatest of difference – in family support services - so that families are able to care and be strong fortheir own children.
Director Lutheran Community Care
Much of Lutheran Community Care's work aims to strengthen familles and communities, thus preventing crises and family relationship breakdown. Our work at Peachey Place and Family Zone are two examples of the way that Lutheran Community Care works to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families.
We were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and colleague, Rodney, in December 2016. Rodney featured in this video talking about what his work at Peachey Place meant to him. Rodney's heart, smile and spirit blessed many lives.
Lutheran Community Care is accredited at Award Level of the Australian Service Excellence Standards