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More than a spare room: What kids really need from foster carers

I have been thinking about what children and young people who cannot be safely cared for at home need from their foster carers. I want readers to adopt a broad definition of foster for the purposes of this post, including … Continue reading

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A Short Introduction to Attachment and Resilience

I have maintained this blog site or more than ten years. This will be the 250th post published to it. Given the sheer volume of content I have decided to make a post with links to the posts that I … Continue reading

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A time of reflection and redirection

It has been more than a month since my last post. This has been a period of significant reflection about career direction and what is both professionally and personally important to me. This period of reflection has been prompted by … Continue reading

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Preserving Placements during a Pandemic – Video Series with Handbook

I am very pleased to make this series of short videos available to foster and kinship carers, to assist them manage the impact of the current pandemic on the children and young people in their care, and themselves. I am … Continue reading

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Kinship CARE Project: New Beginnings

The Kinship CARE Project is an initiative of Secure Start®. At Secure Start, we believe that Kinship Carers make a highly valuable contribution to the care of children in need, and to society. Yet, kinship carers do not always get … Continue reading

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Kinship CARE Project Carer Handbook

The Kinship CARE Project is a dedicated endeavour to support kinship carers in South Australia who are looking after children for whom the Department for Child Protection has an authority to place. For a limited time, I am offering organisations that support kinship carers access to the Kinship CARE Project Carer Handbook via PDF download. Continue reading

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Use Your Words: Supporting Expressive Language Development and Use

Early trauma robs the developing child of experiences that support language development. Use your words to help them develop theirs. Continue reading

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A Short Introduction to the Kinship CARE Project

Access a PDF of the full article here. In South Australia, forty-six percent of children in out-of-home care with an authority to place are in a kinship care placement. Kinship care is the largest form of out-of-home care in South … Continue reading

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Complex Trauma: Three things you need to know about how it impacts the developing child

Complex Trauma occurs when children experience prolonged and debilitating fear and distress as a result of adverse experiences that occur recurrently and/or in combination, and where the person or person’s who are responsible for keeping the child safe from harm and alleviate their distress is/are:
1. unable to alleviate the child’s distress; or
2. responsible or the child’s distress. Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Resources

One of the most common types of feedback I hear from people who have attended training in the field of developmental trauma and trauma informed practice is that the training focuses heavily on what participants need to know and not … Continue reading

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