The first Queensland Kinship Care Forum was held on the 2nd of September 2019 in Brisbane.
We were very pleased to see so many people with an interest in family care/kinship care, attend the forum, and we were especially pleased that so many kinship carers were able to take time out of their busy lives to attend.
Kinship carers often provide more stable care than other forms of care – this continuity of care, contact with other extended family and a sense of normality for children, provides a lifelong support network which has a positive impact on their identity, belonging and wellbeing. These benefits for children often come at a cost for carer families, and this forum was about how we might progress kinship care policy and practice in Queensland to better support kinship carers and further enhance these positive outcomes for children who are being raised by kinship carers.
PeakCare would like to thank everyone who participated in sharing ideas, suggestions, potential solutions and learnings about how we might move forward to improve current policy and practice relating to kinship care. We hope this forum was a small step in enabling us all to play our part in improving the Queensland experience for children and their families and kinship carers.
Please find below links to:
- summary notes compiled by PeakCare from various sessions at the forum
- a one page graphic display highlighting the key issues
Please find below presentations delivered at the forum by:
- Dr Lucy Peake
- Dr Meredith Kiraly
- Dion Tatow (Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak)
- Brochures – Time for Grandparents
- Information sheet – Support for non parent carers, Department of Human Services/ Centrelink