VACCA are excited to announce that in partnership with Berry Street we’ve received $500,000 in funds from Gandel Philanthropy and Sidney Myer Fund. This grant will allow for the completion of an 18 month program, based on the Family Finding Model developed by Kevin A. Campbell. This program was previously jointly funded by VACCA and Berry Street. The Family Finding Model focuses on children in care and offers methods and strategies for locating family members and people who have played significant roles in the child and Family’s life.
Children who enter out of home care often face separation from family and community ties, explains VACCA CEO Professor Muriel Bamblett. Many young children can stay in multiple placements for an extended period. During this time their social connections can be disrupted and consequently they can lose their connection to family, community, culture and country.
“Where there is family violence, abuse or neglect of children –at times involving drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or mental illness –there can be a breakdown of extended family relationships and divisions that can lead to parts of the family being cut off from each other,” said Professor Bamblett.
VACCA and Berry Street intend for this program to lead us to establishing better systems that support children in out of home care to find placements within their extended family, friends and community and connect Aboriginal children with their Aboriginal family whenever possible.
Both organisations are thrilled by the leadership displayed by Gandel Philanthropy and Sidney Myer Fund in supporting this exciting new program.