Media Release: Disturbing Footage a Stark Reminder of Society’s Failure to Support its Most Vulnerable

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed moves by the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into the Northern Territory juvenile justice system in the wake of horror revelations of the abuse of teenage boys at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin. Acting CEO Dr Wendy Foote said the sickening […]

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Media Release: NSW Budget – ACWA Hopes for Momentum Shift

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s additional Budget spend of $560 million over four years on initiatives aimed at keeping families together and stemming the growing tide of children and young people entering the state’s out-of-home care system. The 2016-17 Budget allocates new funding of $190 million over four […]

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Media Release: National Families Week 2016 – Children Need Safe Strong Families to Thrive

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) says foster families are our community’s most valuable asset when support services are not enough to keep vulnerable families together. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum, who is an Ambassador for this week’s National Families Week (May 15-21), says family is the single most influential force in a child’s life […]

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Media Release: Federal Budget 2016 – Child Protection Dollars Are Modest But Welcome

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s $5.1 million investment into two important initiatives aimed at keeping children safe and helping vulnerable young people avoid falling into welfare dependency. The Government has announced it will channel $1.2 million into an early intervention program to strengthen the parenting skills of at-risk […]

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Media Release: ACWA Welcomes Adoption Institute Announcement

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the announcement today that the University of Sydney will work in partnership with Barnardos Australia to establish the Institute of Adoption Studies in NSW, which will be focused on delivering high quality research and practice development in the specialised area of open adoption. Acting CEO Wendy […]

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