Raising Them Strong
New resources to help Aboriginal carers raise kids “strong”
More than 3,500 Aboriginal carers across NSW are set to benefit from new resources, including a compelling DVD of real carer stories and experiences, which were unveiled in early July during NAIDOC Week celebrations in St Mary’s, NSW.
One hundred people gathered at St Mary’s Memorial Hall in Sydney’s west to see a screening from the DVD, listen to a performance by talented Indigenous singer Emma Donovan and hear some important words by experienced foster carer Eric Murray about the value of support and training.
The Raising them strong resources were created by Community Services staff in consultation with Aboriginal kinship and foster carers around the state, Aboriginal caseworkers and the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec).
Raising them strong features a booklet, topic cards and a DVD with accessible information on topics like health, education, attachment, grief and loss, family contact and where to go for help.
Aboriginal kinship and foster carers across NSW will be mailed copies of the DVD and booklet in late July and early August while out-of-home care teams and Aboriginal carer support staff will also receive copies of the new resources.
The Raising them strong book can be downloaded here:
The Raising them strong cards are available for download here:
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