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
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- people are connected, belong and are valued in their community
- everyone is able to live well
- everyone has a place to call home
- all families are strong and help to build community
- everyone is safe in their home, community and work
- all children are healthy, capable and resilient
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