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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Media Release: ACWA Welcomes Tightened Child Care Worker Checks

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed swift moves by the NSW Government to introduce national police checks for residential care workers in response to disturbing child abuse allegations linked to the North Coast-based residential care facility Wundarra Services. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum said the rapid response, which will further strengthen the screening […]

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Media Release: ACWA Celebrates Carer Diversity this Mardi Gras

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) will be marching in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade for the first time this weekend in a bid to encourage members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexed (LGBTQI) community to consider the rewards of fostering and potentially adopting children in need of […]

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Media Release: ACWA Launches Fresh Strategy to Support NSW Welfare Agencies

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has outlined key elements of its strategy for 2016 and launched a series of new initiatives to help non-government welfare agencies meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families amid NSW’s evolving child protection system. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum unveiled the 2016 strategy and its new […]

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