OzChild is encouraging all Australians to support Family Matters Week of Action.
Family Matters, led by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) aims to eliminate the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care by 2040.
The national campaign aims to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.
Chief Executive Officer of OzChild Lisa Griffiths said there was a clear and urgent need for change with far too many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living away from their homes in out-of-home-care, too many separated from their families and culture.
“All children and young people should be safe, respected, nurtured and be able to reach their full potential,” Lisa said.
“We are proud to be a signatory to The Family Matters Statement of Commitment and are committed to ensuring our policies and practices are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.”
OzChild is currently in the final stages of the approval process by Reconciliation Australia of their Reconciliation Action Plan.
“In our journey to cultural competence through our Reconciliation Action Plan, OzChild is working with our Aboriginal colleagues and alongside them in seeking to learn all we can to support self-determination,” Lisa said.
“We want to ensure that we develop our practices in line with this learning to support and reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care.”
Lisa urged all Australians to take the Family Matters pledge.
“It is important that every Australian ensures ALL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children grow up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and culture,” Lisa said.
“By pushing for change we will help to create stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. And a more united Australia.”