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National Families Week will be celebrated from Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May this year.
To celebrate all families that we work with, partner with and serve, we are hosting a Family Fun-Day at our Glynde Foster Care Office at the Glynde Lutheran Church, 15-17 Glynburn Rd.
We extend the invitation to all our sponsors, donors, partners, employees, volunteers, clients, foster carers, supporting congregations and the local community! Come along for a family fun day including a sausage sizzle, coffee, face painting, music, a pop-up op shop and more!
As you may have heard the Glynde Lutheran Church (the site of our Glynde Foster Care office) have undergone an extensive redevelopment and we look forward to this open day to celebrate the new space, redeveloped foster care offices and exciting new facilities! Invite your family and friends – all are welcome.
- 1. Join us to celebrate on Saturday 20 May from 10:30am
- 2. Like our Facebook Page and share our event!
- 3. Enquire about volunteering with us at this event. Tel 08 8337 8787
The aim of National Families Week 2017 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The theme ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’ has been embraced as an enduring theme for National Families Week as it encapsulates the important role families play as the central building block of our communities. Community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.
National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life. Let’s take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children, especially as they grow.
Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week – Australia’s annual celebration of Families.
National Families Week is sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as a valuable opportunity to demonstrate that families, across the lifespan, are integral to our civil society.
For more information visit www.nfw.org.au
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