The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s services and also provides training and resources for kinship carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Phone SNAICC on (03) 9489 8099.
SNAICC’s Supporting Carers website has information and tips for kinship carers.
Australian Capital Territory
The Community Services Directorate Cultural Services Team can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster and kinship carers find resources and support. Phone (02) 6205 4966.
New South Wales
- The Aboriginal Child Family and Community Care Secretariat NSW provides training, support groups and newsletters. Phone (02) 9559 5299.
- The Aboriginal State-wide Foster Carer Support Service (ASFCSS) is a free telephone advice and advocacy service for the carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Phone 1800 888 698 (free call).
Territory Families is an agency of the Northern Territory Government. Its Guide for Kinship and Foster Carers has information about being a carer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern Territory. You can also read about changes to out-of-home care in the Northern Territory.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services has a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster and kinship care agency contacts. Phone Child Safety Services on 1800 811 810.
Aboriginal Family Support Services provides training for foster and kinship carers, support groups and cultural camps for children. Phone (08) 8205 1500.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre runs playgroups and provides parenting advice and other family support to foster and kinship carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children throughout Tasmania. It offers long day care and after-school care for children up to 12 years at the Aboriginal Children’s Centre in Hobart. Phone 1800 132 260.
The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) provides training for foster and kinship carers, support groups, and cultural and parenting information. Phone (03) 8388 1855.
Yorganop is an association providing services including training for foster and kinship carers. Phone (08) 9321 9090.