Resources

 

The Mirabel Foundation works specifically to assist children being raised by grandparents and other family members due to parental illicit drug use. Mirabel supports kinship carers regardless of their legal or statutory status.

 

Max & Tyra

'And that's when it all started. Or, should I say, that's when it all ended. At that moment it felt like our normal family fell apart…' Mirabel's beautiful children’s book tells the story of two children coming to terms with the loss of their mother due to illicit drug use and their experiences living with their Nan. Download Max & Tyra or to order your free copy (postage and handling costs may apply) email your name and address to Mirabel.

 

When the children arrive... A resource book for Kinship Carers

Over the years Mirabel has encountered many families from a range of heartbreaking experiences. Their stories of hardship and grief have many commonalities and it is these shared experiences and questions that are touched on in this book. To order your free copy (postage and handling costs may apply) of  'When the children arrive...', email your name and address to Mirabel.

 

Polly & Me

Ian Darling's short film 'Polly and Me' highlights the traumatic circumstances of many Mirabel children and covers some of the most crucial issues threatening those vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. An International Conference on Innovation in Therapeutic Approaches with Children, Young People and Families. For further information go to www.pollyandme.com.au.

 

Mirabel Child Safety Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to safeguarding the children and young people in our care - Mirabel Child Safety Policy

 

National Services

Australian Drug Foundation

ADF offers information about alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of related harms.

 

Family Drug Support

Support & information - Phone 1300 368 186

 

S.N.A.I.C.C.

Secretariat of National Aboriginal & Islander Child Care – Supporting Carers

 

Raising Children Network

Information & referrals for kinship carers

 

Create Foundation

Represents the voices of children and young people who have experienced out-of-home care

 

Centrelink Grandparent Advisers

Provide information about payments and support services for non-parent carers

 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Provides support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia

 

Melbourne University - Young kinship carers

Required for nationwide university research study

 

State and Territory Services

Victoria

Family Drug Help

Family Drug Help (FDH) provides a specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use. - Phone 1300 660 068

 

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Provides programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community.

 

Kinship Carer Victoria

KCV is the peak body for kinship carers in Victoria and aims to have kinship carers supported in their role according to their needs and the needs of the children for whom they care. - Phone (03) 9372 2422

 

Permanent Care & Adoptive Families

PCA Families is an early intervention service that provides support to families formed through kinship care, permanent care and adoption. - Phone (03) 9020 1833

 

DHHS Child Protection Crisis Line

Phone  13 12 78

 

Carer KaFÉ - Kinship and Foster Care Education

A new program designed to improve and expand kinship and foster carer training Victoria-wide.
Take a look at the Carer KaFÉ calendar to find a session near you.

Click here to see Carer KaFÉ Newsletter No. 1 - April 2017

 

New South Wales

Drug Information @ your library

Provides up to date information about alcohol and drugs through local public libraries in New South Wales.

 

Absec

Peak body providing child protection and out-of-home care policy advice on issues affecting Aboriginal children, young people, families and carers.

 

Connecting Carers NSW

CCNSW provides support (24 hr telephone support, ongoing education, peer support & advocacy) to foster, kinship and relative carers across New South Wales. - Phone: 1300 794 653

 

Grandparents Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance GRAKCA

GRaKCA is an advocacy group convened by COTA NSW.  The information obtained from GRaKCA shapes the advocacy agenda COTA NSW presents to politicians, policy makers and service providers in the area.

 

Family Legal Sydney

Grandchildren Visitation & Care In Family Law

 

Family and Community Services

Kinship & Relative care
 

Family & Community Services

Child Protection Helpline Ph: 132 111

 

Australian Capital Territory

Dept of Community Services

Resource for Carers

Marymead Grandparent Group

Support and education to grandparents that are primary carers

 

ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Services

 

Children Youth & Families

Child Concern reports Phone 1300 556 729

 

Queensland

Dept of Communities, Child Safety & Disabilities Carer information

 

Foster & Kinship Care Queensland

Phone 07 3256 6166

 

Queensland Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Child Protection Peak

07 3102 4119

 

Department of Child Safety, Communities & Disabilities

Phone 1800 177 135 or (07) 3235 9999

 

South Australia

Dept for Child Protection and Family Support

Phone  (08) 9222 2555

 

Maintaining Aboriginal Cultural Identity

 

Government of SA - Rights of carers

 Your rights as a relative, kinship or foster carer

 

Child Abuse Report Line

Phone 131 478

 

Tasmania

Dept of Health & Human Services

Phone  1300 135 513

 

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Free Call 1800 132 260

 

Dept of Health & Human Services

Ph: 1300 737 639

 

Western Australia

GrandFamilies Guide

Information to help grandparents care for their grandchildren
 

Caring for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children
 

Parent & Families Drug Support Line

Metro (08) 9442 5050, Country 1800 653 203. Both numbers are 24hrs, 7 days a week

 

Drug Aware

24hr Alcohol and Drug Support Lines

 

Dept of Child Protection & Family Support

Crisis line phone (08) 9223 1111
Country free call phone 1800 199 008

 

Northern Territory

Department of Children and Families Carer Community

 

Department of Children & Families

Child Protection Intake  Phone 1800 700 250